This piano was originally built during the 19th century in Vienna, Austria. BÖSENDORFER pianos are amazing pieces of functional art. Their brand is also one of the oldest piano manufactures that started in 1828 and gained status as the official piano maker to the Emperor of Austria. The brand, BÖSENDORFER, holds the distinction of making one of the world’s largest pianos.
It is a very unique, deep, rich tone that is due to every detail of the instrument being considered, such as using solid spruce on the rim for better sound transmission, along with a few other mechanisms designed to decrease tonal absorption and increase tuning stability. This may be why several artists finds the Bösendorfer so comfortable in a variety of climates. Sometimes referred to the Rolls Royce of grand pianos, it should come as no surprise that these instruments command a very high price. In fact, much like a classic Rolls Royce, some investment firms like Fisher Investments consider a Bösendorfer piano to be an investment or asset. Priced at between $80,000 to $200,000 for standard models (ones without history or provenance), many people have more invested in their house!
For over 50 years the Model 214 has been one of our most popular and widely used models. Its sound and dynamics unfold in a concert hall as well as in your living room. One could write a great deal about its outstanding build quality, its stability and durability. There are many facets that characterize this piano unmistakably as a Bösendorfer. It is also its smooth, easy to control and very responsive action that makes it so popular, and for music schools and conservatories so attractive. But surely above all it’s the sound – that famous, inspiring Bösendorfer sound. It is a stunning piano.
This piano that you see above wasn’t always the way it was when it was originally built. During the time that this piano was built, piano makers were still experimenting with a new kind of musical instrument that could follow the same footsteps of the then piano of the time, a harpsichord. Piano makers were taking ideas, technologies, and designs from the old harpsichord and constructing a modern instrument that would change the destiny of classical music. This piano was originally covered in a natural wood, much like a harpsichord. After our purchase of the piano, we decided to send the piano to Milan to have it customized and covered in mother-ofpearl shards and pieces that now created exterior cabinet of the 100-year-old piano we see today. Aside from the motherof- pearl panels seen in the cabinet of the piano, several embellishments and ornaments were added to dynamically change the overall aesthetics of the piano. Gold-leaves were placed on the carvings and edges of the piano.
It is definitely an art piece.