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Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1783760
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Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: treelogger] #1783761
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One of the things that the Steinway piano was designed for was to function as a concerto instrument. Because it was designed to be paired with an entire orchestra, Steinway and Sons originally voiced their concert pianos so that they could be heard above everything else.

In that setting, I really love Steinway pianos. But in most other settings, and of course this is just my subjective opinion, I think the sound of a Steinway is too brittle. Of course a piano technician can voice the sound down so that it's warmer, but I think other pianos such as Kawai and Yamaha have a warmer sound. Of course those are not German pianos, but it's something to consider.


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Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784296
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speaking of German made things, I do find that they excel in a several things.

Cars: Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi.

Appliances: Braun, Miele, Bosch, Gagganeu

And of course the pianos.

I don't know what or how they do it.

Seems for electronics the Americans and Asians do it best, which is odd. i can't think of any german hi-fi brand.

Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784297
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Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784317
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Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784354
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When visiting small German towns you will always be amazed about the quality of the bread, the pastry, the beer.

At same time one should keep in mind that the bread maker, the pastry maker and the beer maker has always had plentiful and tough competiton right "around the corner" where same stuff was/is being sold in very close proximity.

Sluff off for one moment - and you're gone.

In a nutshell, this is the economic history of a small country called Germany. About the size of some of the bigger U.S. states....

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Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784363
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Originally Posted by Redux
...Seems for electronics the Americans and Asians do it best, which is odd. ...

And the Brits! (for hi-fi)

Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784409
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Something about that "mountaintop" picture looks like a studio shot to me....

Not to say that helicoptering a grand onto a mountaintop hasn't been done, of course, just check youtube.

Re: German pianos- less known brands better than Steinway? [Re: Redux] #1784425
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To answer the original question, I think it may because of the different amount of marketing different brands do. But of course, it is probably only one of many factors.

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