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Bechstein Model A Grand Piano
Length: 189cm (~6ft)
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This model is the bridge between the smaller and the concert grands. A piano for practicing or musical dreaming - excellent in touch and clear in tone, a typical Bechstein grand for mid-sized rooms, for the home or conservatory, a grand piano with almost unlimited possibilities. The A 189 was judged "a small giant" by DIAPASON-Paris, 1995, as ”filled with fresh blood in its veins” leaving the strict structures of the past retaining the essential characteristic of its predecessors: imperishable.
"Clearly a 'Tenor' his voice predominantly lyric, especially in the lower and medium treble where most melodies develop and bloom ... The melody can without difficulty be balanced above the accompaniment. The alto in the heart of the instrument emerges with a rich cello voice. The clearly defined touch required in the music of Scarlatti and his airy thrills is reached with great facility. The bass resembles a fleet of mighty double-basses as a symphonic ensemble. Both, touch and tone are pleasant, the instrument is suited for professional and amateur, for the high Art of interpretation, meditating and improvising."
I got a 1926 Bechstein Model A (6') at Christie's
auction in London (England, of course!) two years ago for GBP 4000 (USD 6800).
Apart from tuning twice a year, nothing has been done to it. The black ebonised
case is a bit scruffy, but I love it and think it perfect for my needs. It
sounds wonderful and the satin-like feel of the worn ivory keys under the
fingers is positively sensual. It's the nicest piano I play regularly -- the
others are a newish Steinway (5'6") and a big old Bosey (6'6").
My teacher helped me choose it and bidding £4000 of my own money at auction
was one of the most exciting/nerve-racking things I've ever done.
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