The History Behind Blüthner Pianos

Julius Blüthner was born in March of 1824 and he founded the Blüthner piano in Leipzig, Germany in 1853.  Almost one hundred and sixty-six years later, this piano company is still going strong and continues to be managed by the Blüthner family to this very day.

After founding the company, Blüthner worked very hard to create models that pianists would love, at the sizes that they needed.  That worked well and up until 1900, this company was the largest producer of pianos in Europe.

It was a tragedy when the Blüthner piano factory was bombed during World War II, but thankfully, the Germans allowed the family to rebuild.  Of course, that was for purely selfish reasons on the Germans, and the Soviets, part, but the Blüthner family didn’t complain that they got to return to their dream work.

Each one of the Blüthner pianos has solid spruce soundboards, Renner actions, Delignit pinblocks, Abel hammers, and a beautiful polyester finish.  There are approximately one hundred vertical pianos produced every year, and they come in four different sizes.  However, the company also produces approximately five hundred grand pianos in six different sizes during the same amount of time.

To commemorate the company’s one hundred and fiftieth year in business, Blüthner pianos created two special edition pianos.  The Jubilee model included a commemorative cast-iron plate that used to be on special edition pianos a hundred years ago, while the Julius Blüthner edition featured brass inlays in the lid, a beautifully carved music desk, and round Victorian legs.

Blüthner pianos also created an unusual piano in recent years, and that is one that has been designed for those pianists that are left-handed.  This entire piano is backward for many, as the bass is on the right, while the strings, hammers, and treble keys are on the left.  However, it is perfect for those left-handed people who love to play, and one pianist managed to perform in concert after only practicing on this piano for a couple of hours.

This company has continued to raise the bar over the years, which is why they introduced the Haessler line to its family during the 1990s.  This piano was designed for the American market, which seems to want more conventional features.

By 2016, Blüthner piano was ready to tackle another line of new pianos, which is why it created a hybrid piano.  These newest pianos can be used as an acoustic piano, digital piano, or both.  Owners can even stream music from another device through the Bluetooth speaker.

Over the years, Blüthner came to own other piano brands, including Irmler, Rönisch, and Hupfeld.  It won’t be long before this company celebrates their two hundredth year in business, and it is guaranteed that they will still be going strong long after that.

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