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Bluthners -- Up Close and Personal
#228231 08/13/03 01:22 PM
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I've just returned from a week-long chamber music workshop where I played violin or viola in company with several Bluthner pianos that were supplied courtesy of Kasimoff Pianos in LA.

Here are my impressions, formed by close proximity to three different pianos: first, they have very even scales top to bottom; second, they have noticeably quiet voices; and third, they produce a very cool, clear sound. It's the kind of sound you would call "pure," if you happen to like it, and "plain," if it is not to your taste. It is the polar opposite to the kind of sound I am accustomed to hear from the S&S B we have at home.

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Michael,

Good descriptions! I think Bluthner's purity is still on the sweeter side, much more than other European pianos, like Schimmel or the shorter Bechsteins, which can sound cold to me. Bluthners are, for lack of a better word, pretty!

penny

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You mean they sounded like......Bluthners???

Seriously, you describe the "European" sound to a "T", and Bluthner is a prime example of one of the best.


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I've just returned from a week-long chamber music workshop where I played violin or viola in company with several Bluthner pianos that were supplied courtesy of Kasimoff Pianos in LA.

Here are my impressions, formed by close proximity to three different pianos: first, they have very even scales top to bottom; second, they have noticeably quiet voices; and third, they produce a very cool, clear sound. It's the kind of sound you would call "pure," if you happen to like it, and "plain," if it is not to your taste. It is the polar opposite to the kind of sound I am accustomed to hear from the S&S B we have at home.
I'm one of the fans of Bluthner and happen to put them at the top of the stack in terms of playing / listening pleasure. Very soft and mellow - "sweet" is also a good descriptor.

If they'd include a factory installed "silent" option (a la Yamaha), I'd buy one in a heartbeart (although if Bosey got there first, I'd settle for one of those instead!) cool

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Gary.

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I have never played a Bluthner, but have played a gorgeous 6'8"ish Pleyel that had a tone exactly as you described the Bluthner---pure, clean, soft, bellike, pretty...very unique.

Are Pleyels and Bluthners very similar in tone...anyone know?

Thanks,
Mat D.


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