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Do German Pianos smell better??? #2674078
09/09/17 09:55 PM
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I know this sounds like a ridiculous question... but, I recently purchased a bechstein upright piano. Both my husband and I noticed that it has a very pleasant smell, I am not sure how to describe it... but maybe a bit like a christmas tree... We also noticed it when we saw it in the store when we lifted the top to look at the hammers/action... We lifted the tops off of the yamahas and they had a chemical/paint smell... all of the pianos were glossy black so i am not sure why the significant difference... In any case, it makes our living room smell amazing!

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Re: Do German Pianos smell better??? [Re: pianonewbie87] #2674312
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My piano used to have a cedar-ish or Christmas tree smell once a year for a few weeks.

**Sarcasm Warning** Probably some sort of inferior wood not seasoned to destination. ha


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Re: Do German Pianos smell better??? [Re: pianonewbie87] #2674524
09/11/17 04:38 PM
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according to some who've had the opportunity to compare the two, for many years of their quasi-shared histories, the hamburg and NY steinway grands did not use the same surface finish on the interior of their rims, and there probably were differences in the wood used to make the rims. the steinways of different geographic origin could be differentiated by their 'smell' when they were new, as a result.

the bechstein and yamaha uprights probably have very different finishing treatments done to their interiors and would not have the same smell.

Re: Do German Pianos smell better??? [Re: huaidongxi] #2674577
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I don't know what wood they use or where they get it, but Bösendorfer wood is a special spruce from the Austrian Alps. It is cured for two years before it is used in production. That may affect smell. Beckstein's probably have their own big process. Mass produced pianos probably wouldn't.

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Re: Do German Pianos smell better??? [Re: pianonewbie87] #2675638
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I like the nice old woody smell that wafts out of my piano when I have the fallboard off, but it's less Christmas tree and more "Grandmas attic". It's an old Lyon & Healy - maybe 1929, and made in Chicago. Makes me wonder where it's been.

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Inferior wood in a Bechstein? Hardly.


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Re: Do German Pianos smell better??? [Re: pianonewbie87] #2747762
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My new Bluthner Model 2 smells incredible. I like to open the lid and get down and smell the fragrance. There is nothing like it that I have found doing that with any other Asian, Korean or other piano. It is the real deal by the handmade Germans. Enjoy. Cheers!



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Re: Do German Pianos smell better??? [Re: pianonewbie87] #2747787
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This maybe a business opportunity for someone. Invent a spray or one of those paper tree looking thingies that hang from your car mirror. When the scent of your new piano fades you can refresh it or if you have a non-nice smelling piano you can fix that with the spray. You can even offer different scents, Bechstein, Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, etc. Yep, this is a business opportunity if I ever saw one. smile


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