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Info on J. Becker pianos? #303942 06/30/01 12:28 AM
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Hi there,

Please share your knowledge of J. Becker pianos with me. I only know they are manufactured in St. Petersburg (handmade?). I am curious to know how you feel as an owner of one, or if you have more information on how they compare with other makers.

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Re: Info on J. Becker pianos? #303943 06/30/01 06:05 AM
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Dear Malia,

The only J Becker that I know of is a horrible piano that is a service nightmare. It is cheaply built. Steer clear!

Any other opinions?


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Re: Info on J. Becker pianos? #303944 06/30/01 09:14 AM
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My experience, and advice is the same as Rich's.


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Re: Info on J. Becker pianos? #303945 06/30/01 11:04 AM
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We happen to have gotten a J. Becker 47" upright that's a decent entry level piano. The detail work is definitely sloppy, though. Ours is possibly one that was high graded for export just before the fall of the Soviet Union. I read from another poster on this site about a year ago that, over the past ten years, some of their pianos have been stenciled Belorussian pianos.

One of the largest dealers in our area astonished me because he's getting in a J.Becker grand (maybe it's already arrived). I'll be very interested in seeing if the quality is decent. I'm not sure if there's enough money in that part of the world for them to take the losses I imagine they'd have to take while improving their quality control. Even if they could, I'd think that dealers like Steve and Rich would be cautious about jumping into any arrangement with them until they'd proven themselves for awhile. My advice would be to let somebody else take the risks and not consider them until they show they can consistently put out decent pianos. If you do want to consider them, have a good technician check out the exact piano that you would be buying.

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J. Becker is a name I have been doing more research on than usual. The Piano Atlas indicates that Jacob Becker went to St. Petersburg in 1841 (from Germany by other sources) where he began what became the high end piano maker for the Czars and their retinue. This Russian maker whose name as J. Becker was known on the fallboards appearing in the best homes of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in both conservatories where the formidable Russian school of pianism began and was fostered. Becker was apparently a pretty good piano maker until the Soviet era. Their output was always pretty small. It still is. They are not usually associated with the other piano maker in Russia, Belarus with their numerous stencil pianos. I have one of these and have put some money into it to make it a fairly good little piano; new pedals, damp chaser, tuning and voicing. Rumor has it that Backer does make a grand piano and that a rebuilder I know of might be negotiating to import some of them, not to sell as is, but to rebuild. Since he is known to be a high quality rebuilder who doesn't skimp on anything, these may turn out to be highly superior pianos when they appear in a few years.

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I have to agree with Rich. The J. Becker is an unusually pathetic piano. I would not recommend one for much more than firewood.

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Firewood is a bit strong IMHO smile Our piano is decent with a very nice tone and even action. I haven't heard anyone who's tried it give a negative opinion.

Re: Info on J. Becker pianos? [Re: M. Roberson] #2295413 06/26/14 04:05 PM
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I borrow this very old thread by asking, how is the action in a c. 1880 year J. Becker grand piano? Is this the modern action with modern repetition levers etc. or is it some older desing and considered inferior therefore?

I ask because I have some very unusual project going on and I could get one of these Becker grands for free. The project is about turning it to a midi-controller and you can find my thread from the technician area. Thus, it would be important the action would be good, even if these has been usually considered poor in the acoustics.

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Tuomas

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Really has been a week for dredging up threads from the past! All interesting stuff, though.


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