Founded in 1853, Blüthner remains one of the only family-run piano manufacturers in the world. With its factory still based in Leipzig, Blüthner is frequently referred to as one of the ‘Big Four’ piano manufacturers.
Renowned for their warm, romantic, and resonant tone, numerous royals, composers, conductors, authors, artists, and performers have owned Blüthner pianos. They include Wilhelm II, Emperor Franz Joseph 1, Johannes Brahmes, Gustav Mahler, Liberace, Bela Bartok, Claude Debussy, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Ilyic Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, through to The Beatles. Sergei Rachmininoff famously commented that, “There are only two things which I took with me on my way to America, my wife and my precious Blüthner.”
The instrument has been extensively re-conditioned and is fitted with a new soundboard, new tuning plank, new strings and new hammers, all replaced to allow the piano to be enjoyed for generations to come. The famed Blüthner patent action has been kept intact meaning the piano offers an incredibly warm and rich tone, synonymous of instruments from this period.