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Blüthner examples in the real world.
#2134582 08/17/13 10:21 PM
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I thought it would be nice to provide a few examples of the often discussed Blüthner sound for those in the forum who may be interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luKVltPpDgI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWCKzZDbCU0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0l6Ev3Cwnk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rCC2-UWUsY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HboLQccEv0

Enjoy!




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Alex Hernandez #2134783 08/18/13 09:59 AM
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I played a Bluthner small grand (a new one) not long ago. It was a nicely enough sounding instrument, but I found the tone to be -- how should I say it-- quite short-lived. It was not really singing, although this sounds too negative a phrase to describe it. It was as if the notes or the tones just stopped short. Does that make sense? It surprised me somewhat. If so, is this typical for Bluthners?

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Originally Posted by Frankni
I played a Bluthner small grand (a new one) not long ago. It was a nicely enough sounding instrument, but I found the tone to be -- how should I say it-- quite short-lived. It was not really singing, although this sounds too negative a phrase to describe it. It was as if the notes or the tones just stopped short. Does that make sense? It surprised me somewhat. If so, is this typical for Bluthners?


I should say not. As the above examples indicate "singing" would seem to be a primary descriptive of the tone.

It could be that over voicing or aggressive voicing and or modification in the piano has created a choked sound.




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Originally Posted by Frankni
I played a Bluthner small grand (a new one) not long ago. It was a nicely enough sounding instrument, but I found the tone to be -- how should I say it-- quite short-lived. It was not really singing, although this sounds too negative a phrase to describe it. It was as if the notes or the tones just stopped short. Does that make sense? It surprised me somewhat. If so, is this typical for Bluthners?

I agree with Alex - it's not. And I'm not selling the pianos smile

But seriously folks... Blüthner is famous for a singing tone. I haven't played very many, but the ones I have encountered sang. I think the golden tone is vulnerable to lazy or idiotic voicing (what isn't?). Perhaps hard, percussive sounding hammers were masking the sustain of the strings.


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The Blüthners in those examples sound beautiful. And now I have to buy a Billy Childs album.


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Of the five examples the first (in Jazz) has the piano too much in the background for any accurate assessment to be made.
The last one ('Let it be')produces a coarse piano sound which I suppose is the result of over amplification or recording at a high volume level.
The other three sound fine:like the standard concert Steinway sound.
Is there supposed to be a distinctive Bluthner sound?

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