Dummies guide to Bechstein

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Dummies guide to Bechstein

Post by Nutroast » 13 Feb 2014, 21:48

Please can someone enlighten me on the world of the Bechstein grand piano? What is the difference between, say, model A and model B?

Are they a good buy? Are there certain eras of manufacture when they were particularly good or bad? I seem to be fixated on them, especially the older ones!

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Re: Dummies guide to Bechstein

Post by Barrie Heaton » 16 Feb 2014, 13:39

Nutroast wrote:Please can someone enlighten me on the world of the Bechstein grand piano? What is the difference between, say, model A and model B?

Are they a good buy? Are there certain eras of manufacture when they were particularly good or bad? I seem to be fixated on them, especially the older ones!
Manly size Model A is 5'11" tend to be 85 note and the B is 6' 8" the B will in theory have a better Bass. However, as we are talking second-hand that is not always the case Model A do tend to have a cracked Frames

What ever you buy you need a tuner to look at it

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Re: Dummies guide to Bechstein

Post by Nutroast » 24 Feb 2014, 21:32

Thanks, Barrie. It will take a lot to get me to part with the upright we have, but I'm keeping an open mind!

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Re: Dummies guide to Bechstein

Post by pianotechman » 16 Apr 2014, 08:53

Yeah, check the frame webs for vertical fractures near the tuning pins as Barrie says, you get a good one and they're a great model.
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