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#2021916 - 01/27/13 12:36 AM Really nice special grand pianos  
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Which special (design, limited edition, etc.) grand pianos do you like?

I really like these three Bösendorfers.


Blue, and still very much the future.
Brüssel
World´s fair 1958
Designed by Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Felsenstein, office Nobert Schlesinger.
http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/bruessel.html
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This is a more modern modern design
http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/design-by-f-a-porsche.html


And finally, my favourite, the Audi one. They have really captured the Audi desing language, and if you watch the movie you'll see the effort they put into this piano. It really looks nice!
http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/audi.html
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#2022060 - 01/27/13 10:16 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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Sorry, but personally I find these piano to be very ugly: awkward/unbalanced. I guess I'm more of a traditionalist smile


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#2022074 - 01/27/13 10:40 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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Me too. Those are toe stubbers and head bumpers if you have to get underneath the thing. smile


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#2022102 - 01/27/13 11:27 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


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#2022103 - 01/27/13 11:29 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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I like them!


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#2022167 - 01/27/13 01:15 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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I don't know if these are specially "nice" but at least they are nonstandard design.

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#2022172 - 01/27/13 01:26 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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#2022457 - 01/27/13 10:51 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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That piano-bed is really great. Thats my favorite

#2022489 - 01/27/13 11:46 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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Then there are see-through pianos - Schimmel and Kawai at least made them.


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#2022490 - 01/27/13 11:48 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: malkin]  
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Originally Posted by malkin
I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


This one?

[Linked Image]


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#2022491 - 01/27/13 11:49 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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Oh man man is a strange animal!

The pianos I posted I actually do think looks good! Some really strange beasts here!


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#2022558 - 01/28/13 02:32 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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I like the Porsche Design from Bösendorfer. It's more normal yet modern without being so way out there. Don't like the Audi one. I don't like any of the special designs all that much. I think a piano is an instrument, not a decoration, even though it does take up a lot of space and might as well be a bit decorative, but not so over the top.


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#2022564 - 01/28/13 02:53 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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Those are toe stubbers and head bumpers if you have to get underneath the thing.

#2022683 - 01/28/13 09:16 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: wouter79]  
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The distorted black one...Does it play or is is sculpture?


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#2022692 - 01/28/13 09:34 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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#2022756 - 01/28/13 11:36 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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Originally Posted by boyonahill
Originally Posted by malkin
I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


This one?

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That's the one!


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#2022764 - 01/28/13 12:00 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: malkin]  
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Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by boyonahill
Originally Posted by malkin
I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


This one?

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That's the one!


Silly me -- I thought it was a Lego kit!


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#2022774 - 01/28/13 12:20 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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While this thread has thus far featured contemporary art case designs, there are numerous art case or special models by Steinway, Boesendorfer, Bluthner, Bechstein, Fazioli, etc. that are more traditional in nature and often stunningly beautiful IMO.

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PLU is absolutely correct. The tradition of art case and special edition pianos is a marvelous addition to the history of the great builders.


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#2022917 - 01/28/13 04:34 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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They have a couple of the earlier Bösendorfer art-cases at the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.

We took this photo there a while back:

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I believe they will still sell this as a special order, model "Brussel". Expect to pay 3x what a plain-case Bösendorfer would cost, though.


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#2023045 - 01/28/13 08:59 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: Thrill Science]  
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Originally Posted by Thrill Science
They have a couple of the earlier Bösendorfer art-cases at the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.

We took this photo there a while back:

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I believe they will still sell this as a special order, model "Brussel". Expect to pay 3x what a plain-case Bösendorfer would cost, though.


Oui! That seems to be an early (?) ver. of the one pictured first in my org. post.


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#2023055 - 01/28/13 09:20 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: Minnesota Marty]  
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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty


Silly me -- I thought it was a Lego kit!


No, silly me! That's why I like it!


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#2023057 - 01/28/13 09:21 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: wouter79]  
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So many people on this forum would love to own this I'm sure!


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#2023259 - 01/29/13 05:35 AM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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I can't decide which is my most favorite (probably because I can't afford any of them!), but here are my favorites from Steinway (they're all Bs):

Ellipse:

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Grove Park:

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Pallisandre:

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St. Croix:

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You can see the rest of Steinway's art cases here:
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/art-case


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#2028370 - 02/06/13 09:55 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: Paul S.]  
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Paul, it is very clear that all those Steinways are built with a very fine craftmanship, but I don't think they're that good looking. If I had to pick one I would choose one you picked, Grove Park.


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Originally Posted by Paul S.
I can't decide which is my most favorite (probably because I can't afford any of them!), but here are my favorites from Steinway (they're all Bs):

Ellipse:

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Grove Park:
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Pallisandre:
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St. Croix:
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You can see the rest of Steinway's art cases here:
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/art-case

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#2028871 - 02/07/13 05:57 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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OK, so the Germans make decent pianos. I think it`s too much to ask of them that they look good . . . their cars certainly don`t.

Get the French on the job.

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I always liked this design, even if it does take 5000 fingers to play.
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#2028901 - 02/07/13 06:50 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: peterws]  
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Originally Posted by peterws
OK, so the Germans make decent pianos. I think it`s too much to ask of them that they look good . . . their cars certainly don`t.

Get the French on the job.


Here you go, a Peugeot design for Pleyel: http://www.peugeot.com/en/products-services/peugeot-design-lab/peugeot-piano-pleyel

#2043025 - 03/04/13 09:36 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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I finally found two really nice Steinway special grands:

S.L.ED by Karl Lagerfeld
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/limited-edition/karl-lagerfeld/

and

Count Goertz’s 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Grand Piano
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/limited-edition/the-125th-anniversary/

The Lagerfeld one is cooler, but the Görtz looks really liveable and the one I would like to have if I was buying one.


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#2043541 - 03/05/13 08:35 PM Re: Really nice special grand pianos [Re: boyonahill]  
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My vote goes for the Tricentennial Steinway. The orange and gold go really well whilst still looking traditional


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