1903 Bechstein Parlor Grand

"One should only write piano music for Bechstein." Claude Debussy


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Click the photo above to listen to an 1897 Bechstein grand

Debussy Préludes, Alain Planès, pianist (Harmonia Mundi Records) .


Since 1853 Bechstein pianos have held a reputation as among the finest pianos in the world, competing with Bösendorfer and Steinway in construction, performance and tonal quality.  Bechsteins embodied the clear, sweet tone of Erards with the power of the English and American pianos.  In 1867, they won both gold and silver awards in the London and Paris World Piano Expositions. The great composers, Liszt, Wagner, Brahms and Debussy all remarked on the wonderful tone Bechsteins produced. 

The parlor grand below was recently acquired in very good original condition.  The fallboard shows "C. Bechstein" in inlaid brass set into the wood.  This  elegant touch  was common on some fine European pianos made during the 19th century-- the American pianos generally used a decal instead.  This fine piano will be receiving a thorough and careful rebuild including a new German action, a refinished case and more. 




Price Furnished upon request; Serious inquiries please.