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Blüthner GP280 (Model 1) Grand Piano (Made in Germany)

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Blüthner GP280 (Model 1) Grand Piano (Made in Germany)

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Condition: Brand New

Width: 1600mm

Height: 1100mm

Depth: 2800mm

Weight: 525.00 kg

Availability: Backorder

RRP: A$299,999.00


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Committed to tradition - A family business since 1853. Blüthner, Purveyor to the Courts of many Kingdoms

Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik GmbH, is a piano-manufacturing company in Leipzig Germany.

Along with C. Bechstein, Bösendorfer and Steinway & Sons, Blüthner is frequently referred to as one of the "Big Four" piano manufacturers.

"Whenever I have played a Blüthner on my concert tours, it has always proven itself to be among the best and melodious instruments I have ever known.”-Franz Lizst

"I wish to praise you on the excellence of your new Blüthner concert grand piano. The touch is outstanding and the tone is beautiful. I have the highest regard for this instrument.”-Claude Debussy

"I fall in love with each Blüthner piano I play–not only because of the rich, warm sound, but the myriad of colors within each note–that is where the magic is.”-Petronel Malan

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Blüthner GP190 grand piano

Width 1600 mm
Height 1100 mm
Depth 2800 mm
Weight 525 kg


Blüthner, Purveyor to the Courts of many Kingdoms

Julius Blüthner established his workshop in Leipzig, Saxony in 1853. This accomplishment was only achieved after a long and difficult campaign to gain Leipzig citizenship. Julius started his endeavor with himself and three other craftsman. A deeply religious man, Julius spoke the defining words that would allow his company to survive and flourish for the next 162 years, "May God Prevail". The age of any particular Blüthner piano can be determined by matching its serial number to the age table freely available on the Blüthner website.  What do Queen Victoria, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Tsar Nicholas II, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and numerous others have in common? They all purchased and played instruments produced by the Leipzig piano manufacturer Blüthner. Around 1900, Blüthner was the largest piano maker in Germany, with almost 5,000 instruments produced annually.  

Together with C. Bechstein, Bösendorfer and Steinway & Sons, Blüthner was referred to as one of the “Big Four” piano manufacturers. And they were certainly not lacking celebrity endorsements, as Sergei Rachmaninoff famously commented “There are only two things which I took with me on my way to America… my wife and my precious Blüthner.”  Only one short year later, Blüthner exhibited his pianos at the Leipzig Industrial Exhibition in 1854 and scored a resounding success. In fact, he managed to sign up the Leipzig Conservatory of Music as a customer for his instruments. Praised for its expert craftsmanship and ornate cases decorated with veneer, mother of pearl and gold leaves, Blüthner pianos were in high demand. As such, it was no surprise that the Blüthner factory had 136 workers on its payroll in 1864.

Constantly pushing innovation, Blüthner patented the “Aliquot system” of system of stringing which involved a non-struck fourth string in the treble section. This fourth string is stimulated to vibrate through sympathetic resonance when the other three strings are struck, resulting in an acoustical system enriching the overtone series. It produces a lively and resonant treble, which is audible over a wide range. The sympathetic string is tuned in unison, and it significantly contributed to the instrument’s reputation of producing a “golden tone.” Other innovations included a cylindrical soundboard, hammers cut at an angle, and the patented “Blüthner action” was regarded as being the finest of all time! No wonder, Debussy, Bruckner, Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich absolutely adored the instrument!

Around the turn of the 20th century, Blüthner added a series of upright models to his inventory, but advances in technology made the “Blüthner action” less desirable. When Julius Blüthner died in 1910, his sons Max, Robert and Bruno took over the business and managed to secure an imperial and royal warrant of appointment to the court of Austro-Hungary. However, demand gradually declined and during WWII the factory was completely destroyed.“…

With help from the East German government, the company rebuilded and was eventually nationalized, although it remained under Blüthner management. Since 1994, Blüthner pianos are being imported in the USA, and the “Haessler” and “Irmler” brands have been added. In 2009, Blüthner purchased the “Ronisch brand”—originally founded by Carl Ronisch in Dresden in 1845—and they continue to push innovation. For one, the South African artist Gabriel Meiring has painted the lids of a number of handcrafted Blüthner concert grands, and the stunning “Ariana Crystal Grande” was used for performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Mikhail Pletnev writes, “Following countless performances in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world – I am convinced – Blüthner pianos have an exceptionally beautiful tone. I prefer Blüthner pianos to other instruments.”

Additional Information

Condition Brand New
width 1600mm
height 1100mm
depth 2800mm
Brand Blüthner
Case Elegant Euro-style case
Pinblock 36 ply hard maple Multi-laminate designed for rigidity and superior holding power.
Tuning Pins German Steel, nickel plated
Action German action with fine Horn Beam-maple parts. Performance grade with grand piano feel.
Action Material Select domestic maple coupled with superior space aged parts.
Keys Exclusive tri-lamited solid spruce.
Keybed Traditional frame construction of the finest pine.
Hammers Long grained all wool fibers German made Abel or Wurzen
Strings German Made
Soundboard Vertical grain select mountain grown solid spruce, surface veneered with select spruce to prevent cracking
Bridges Cross-laminated hard maple with Maple cap
Warranty 10 years, parts and labour.

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