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Grand Pianos Priced
$55,000 - $64,999 USD

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August Forster 170
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August Forster 170 Grand Piano

Piano Name: August Förster
Website: August Förster
Model: 170
Made in: Germany
Parent Company: August Förster
Company Location: Germany
MSRP: $59,897US
Length: 5' 8"

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Model 170 Facts

History: August Förster established his company in 1859 in Löbau, Germany. Being made into a nationalized company post World War II, the company still managed to stay under family leadership. After the collapse of the government of the German Democratic Republic, Wolfgang Foerster was able to re-privatize the family business. Most recently, the business was passed to Annekatrin Förster and with a staff of approximately 40, they continue to traditionally manufacture pianos in Germany.

Dimensions: 5'8"x60" or 1m 70cm x 150cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony, Walnut, Mahogany or White, Satin Walnut or Mahogany. Also available in Classic, Chippendale and Antik cabinets

Features: Mountain spruce soundboard and ribs ~ Beech and spruce frame ~ Hard rock maple bridges ~ Traditional sand cast iron plate ~ Renner action ~ Premium Renner hammers ~ Spruce keys ~ 19 ply “Delignit” beech pinblock ~ German “Diamant” tuning pins ~ Röslau wire ~ Slow close fallboard ~ Real ebony sharps ~ Solid brass hardware ~ Sostenuto pedal ~ 10 Year warranty

Price range: $59,897 - $82,448 depending on finish and cabinetry

Bechstein B160
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Bechstein B160 Grand Piano

Piano Name: Bechstein
Website: C. Bechstein
Model: B160
Made in: Germany
Parent Company: C. Bechstein Pianoforte Fabrik
Company Location: Germany
MSRP: $62,000US
Length: 5' 3"

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Model B160 Facts

History: Established in 1853, Carl Bechstein began manufacturing pianos under his own name in Berlin. The company persisted through two world wars, many economic challenges, and has emerged as one of the more significant piano manufacturers in history. Today Bechstein operates under the lines of C. Bechstein (premier line), Bechstein Academy (which simply have Bechstein label), W.Hoffmann and has established Bechstein Europe (operating under the Bohemia name).

Dimensions: 5'3"x59" or 1m 60cm x 151cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony or White, Satin or Polished Mahogany or Walnut. Also available in exotic woods as special order.

Features: Traditional sand cast plate ~ European solid spruce untapered soundboard ~ Renner style parts ~ Bechstein's "Silver" line action (parts made in China) ~ Solid beech bridges with beech cap ~ Maple hammer shanks ~ Mahogany moldings ~ Abel or Renner hammers ~ Solid wood laminate beam construction ~ 5 Year warranty

Price range: $62,000 - $84,000 depending on finish and cabinetry

Charles Walter W-190
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Charles Walter W-190 Grand Piano

Piano Name: Charles R. Walter
Website: Charles R. Walter
Model: W-190
Made in: USA
Parent Company: Walter Piano Company
Company Location: USA
MSRP: $58,455US
Length: 6' 4"

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Model W-190 Facts

History: Charles Walter was head of piano design for Conn in the 1960's. By 1975, he started producing upright pianos bearing his own name and in 1997 began making grand pianos. It is primarily still a family run business in Indiana, USA.

Dimensions: 6'4"x60" or 1m 90cm x 150cm

Available Finishes:Satin or Semi-Gloss Ebony, Walnut, Cherry, Polished Ebony, Open Pore Walnut. This model also comes in Satin or Semi-Gloss Chippendale Mahogany or Cherry

Features: Solid quarter sawn spruce soundboard ~ Maple laminate rim ~ Delignit pinblock ~ Vertically laminated maple bridges with maple cap ~ German Renner action ~ German Kluge keys ~ Solid brass hardware ~ Solid wood cabinet ~ 10 Year warranty

Price range: $58,455 - $66,975 depending on finish and cabinetry

T. Hoffmann T186
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W.Hoffmann T186 Grand Piano

Piano Name: W. Hoffmann
Website: W. Hoffmann
Model: T186
Made in: Czech Republic
Parent Company: C. Bechstein Pianoforte Fabrik
Company Location: Germany
MSRP: $57,400US
Length: 6'2"

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Model T186 Facts

History: W. Hoffmann pianos have been in existence since 1893 and were first manufactured in Berlin. For a time the Hoffmann name was manufactured by Feurich. As of 1986, Bechstein acquired name and rights and has been building pianos in the Czech Republic as their more cost effective line. The Vision models (starting with V) have frames built in China and assembled in Czech Republic while the Tradition models (starting with T) are completely made in Czech Republic.

Dimensions: 6'2"x59.5" or 1m 86cm x 151cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony, Mahogany, Walnut, or White

Features: Semi-hard wood beams ~ Spruce core soundboard ~ Spruce ribs ~ Hardwood bridges ~ Conifer and MDF cabinets ~ Cast iron plate ~ European strings ~ Laminated hardwood pinblock ~ Solid brass hardware ~ German hammers ~ 5 Year warranty

Price range: $57,400 - $68,000 depending on finish and cabinetry

Kawai GX5
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Kawai GX5 Grand Piano

Piano Name: Kawai
Website: Kawai
Model: GX-5
Made in: Japan
Parent Company: Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Company Location: Japan
MSRP: $58,695US
Length: 6' 7"

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History: The Kawai company was formed in 1927 by a group consisting of Koichi Kawai and 7 of his colleagues. By 1955 Shigeru Kawai led the company into modern manufacturing and by 1963 launched Kawai centers around the world. In 1989, Hirotaka Kawai took on the presidency of the company and for the first time expanded production outside of Japan. Kawai remains as one of the largest multi-national piano companies in the world.

Dimensions: 6'7"x61" or 2m 00cm x 153cm

Available Finishes: Polished or Satin Ebony

Features: Kawai Millenium III action ~ Double wide stretcher bar ~ Vertically laminated bridges with maple cap ~ Concert key buttons ~ Tapered solid spruce soundboard ~ Extended length spruce keys ~ Dual duplex scale ~ Agraffe construction ~ Neotex keytops ~ Aluminum action rail ~ Steel reinforced keybed and keyslip ~ Full sostenuto pedal ~ Adjustable hard finish music rack ~ V-Pro cast iron plate ~ 11 Ply hard rock maple pinblock ~ Steel reinforced multi-ply keybed ~ Soft close fallboard ~ 10 year warranty

Price range: $58,695 regardless of finish and cabinetry

Mason & Hamlin A
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Mason & Hamlin A Grand Piano

Piano Name: Mason & Hamlin
Website: Mason & Hamlin
Model: A
Made in: USA
Parent Company: Mason & Hamlin Piano Co.
Company Location: USA
MSRP: $62,485US
Length: 5' 8"

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History: Henry Mason and Emmons Hamlin established their reed organ company in the year 1854. By 1883, Mason & Hamlin started manufacturing pianos. After undergoing many ownership changes spanning more than a century, the piano company has finally resided in the hands of Burgett brothers who have advanced the company into the 21st century incorporating computer controlled machinery with age old piano building techniques.

Dimensions: 5'8.5"x56" or 1m 74cm x 142cm

Available Finishes: Satin or Polished Ebony or Macassar Ebony, Polished Bubinga or Pyramid Mahogany, Satin Mahogany, Walnut or Rosewood. Also available in "Monticello" turned leg style

Features: Tapered solid white spruce soundboard ~ Unique "Crown Retention" System ~ Wessell, Nickel & Gross nylon action ~ 7 Layer quarter sawn pinblock ~ 18 ply rim construction ~ Sugar pine pre-crowned ribs ~ 3.5" Rim construction ~ Renner hammers ~ Square brass tube action rail filled with maple ~ Chrome tuning pins ~ Maple bridges ~ Traditional sand cast full-perimeter plate ~ Aliquot design ~ 12 Year warranty

Price range: $62,485 - $85,890 depending on finish and cabinetry

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Schimmel C169T Grand Piano

Piano Name: Schimmel
Website: Schimmel
Model: C169
Made in: Germany
Parent Company: Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik
Company Location: Germany
MSRP: $64,350US
Length: 5' 7"

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History: In 1882, Wilhelm Schimmel learned piano making at the Vogel & Sohn factory in Leipzig, Germany. Now 4th generation Hannes Schimmel-Vogel directs the family business of Schimmel Pianofortefabrik. The Schimmel line is divided into 4 distinct levels: The upper level "Konzert" is the latest design utilizing computer enhanced concepts and scale. "Classic" is the traditional line. "International" is assembled in Germany but contains many outsourced parts from around the world while "Wilhelm Schimmel" is Schimmel designed and built in Poland. Models are marked K,C,I and W respectively.

Dimensions: 5'7"x59" or 1m 69cm x 148cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony, Mahogany or White

Features: Bavarian high altitude solid spruce soundboard ~ Triplex system ~ Mineral keytops ~ Ebony sharps ~ Traditional sand cast plate ~ Mass reduced flexible bridge ~ Solid brass hardware ~ Nickel plated steel tuning pins ~ Agraffe design ~ 10 Year warranty

Price range: $64,350 - $70,600 depending on finish and cabinetry

Shigeru Kawai SK2
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Shigeru Kawai SK2 Grand Piano

Piano Name: Kawai
Website: Shigeru Kawai
Model: SK2
Made in: Japan
Parent Company: Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Company Location: Japan
MSRP: $57,900US
Length: 5' 10"

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Model SK-2 Facts

History: The Kawai company was formed in 1927 by a group consisting of Koichi Kawai and 7 of his colleagues. By 1955 Shigeru Kawai led the company into modern manufacturing and by 1963 launched Kawai centers around the world. In 1989, Hirotaka Kawai took on the presidency of the company and for the first time expanded production outside of Japan. Shigeru Kawai is the hand crafted premium grade grand pianos that are manufactured in their own factory.

Dimensions: 5'10"x61" or 1m 78cm x 152cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony, Mahogany or Sapele Mahogany. Also available in "Noblesse" style with Burl Walnut Inlay

Features: Kawai Millenium III ABS-Carbon action ~ "Shiko Seion" hammers from New Zealand and Australian wool ~ Tapered and tuned solid spruce soundboard ~ "Temaki" Kawai-made hand wound bass strings ~ Hand notched bridges ~ Hand planed ribs ~ Thinned hammer shanks ~ Rock maple and mahogany rim ~ Bird's eye maple inside rim ~ Agraffe duplex scale ~ Aluminum action rail ~ Nickel plated tuning pins ~ Solid brass hardware ~ 10 year warranty

Price range: $57,900 - $66,700 depending on finish and cabinetry

Steinway S
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Steinway S Grand Piano

Piano Name: Steinway & Sons
Website: Steinway
Model: S
Made in: USA
Parent Company: Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.
Company Location: USA
MSRP: $57,800US
Length: 5' 1"

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History: Heinrich Steinweg established his piano company in 1853 in New York. Americanized to Steinway and Sons, it was the largest piano manufacturer in the world by 1859. In 1880, the Hamburg Steinway factory was opened. After nearly a century, the piano company has undergone family and ownership changes. Today, it operates under the three lines of Steinway (either in NY or Hamburg), Boston (built in Japan by Kawai) and Essex (built by Pearl River in China).

Dimensions: 5'1"x58" or 1m 55cm x 147cm

Available Finishes: Satin Ebony, Mahogany, Walnut, Figured Sapele, Dark Cherry, Kewazinga Bubinga,Santos Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood, African Pommele, Macassar Ebony, Chinoiserie

Features: 13 Ply laminated hard rock maple rim ~ 3 Solid spruce beams ~ Hexagrip 7 ply laminated pinblock ~ Tapered solid quarter sawn spruce soundboard ~ Sugar pine ribs ~ Agraffe double duplex design ~ Nickel plated blued tuning pins ~ Steinway hammers ~ Hard rock maple moldings and shanks ~ Maple action parts ~ European spruce keys individually balanced and weighted ~ Spruce plank keybed ~ Solid brass hardware ~ Birch cabinet ~ 5 Year warranty

Price range: $57,800 - $91,300 depending on finish and cabinetry

Steinway M
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Steinway M Grand Piano

Piano Name: Steinway & Sons
Website: Steinway
Model: M
Made in: USA
Parent Company: Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.
Company Location: USA
MSRP: $63,100US
Length: 5' 7"

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History: Heinrich Steinweg established his piano company in 1853 in New York. Americanized to Steinway and Sons, it was the largest piano manufacturer in the world by 1859. In 1880, the Hamburg Steinway factory was opened. After nearly a century, the piano company has undergone family and ownership changes. Today, it operates under the three lines of Steinway, Boston and Essex.

Dimensions: 5'1"x58" or 1m 55cm x 147cm

Available Finishes: Satin Ebony, Mahogany, Walnut, Figured Sapele, Dark Cherry, Kewazinga Bubinga,Santos Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood, African Pommele, Macassar Ebony, Chinoiserie or Hepplewhite Dark Cherry. Also available in Chippendale, Louis XV and "John Lennon Imagine" styles.

Features: 13 Ply laminated hard rock maple rim ~ 3 Solid spruce beams ~ Hexagrip 7 ply laminated pinblock ~ Tapered solid quarter sawn spruce soundboard ~ Sugar pine ribs ~ Agraffe double duplex design ~ Nickel plated blued tuning pins ~ Steinway hammers ~ Hard rock maple moldings and shanks ~ Maple action parts ~ European spruce keys individually balanced and weighted ~ Spruce plank keybed ~ Solid brass hardware ~ Birch cabinet ~ 5 Year warranty

Price range: $63,100 - $135,600 depending on finish and cabinetry

Wilh. Steinberg IQ77
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Wilh. Steinberg IQ77 Grand Piano

Piano Name: Wilh. Steinberg
Website: Wilh. Steinberg
Model: IQ77
Made in: Germany
Parent Company: Thüringer Pianoforte
Company Location: Germany
MSRP: $59,070US
Length: 5' 8"

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History: After the reunification of Germany, Wilhelm Steinberg formed Thuringer Pianos, a merger of several East German piano makers that trace roots back as far as 1877. Operating under the Wilh. Steinberg label, the company operates in the town of Eisenberg. Presently they manufacture 3 levels of pianos: IQ series (Germany), the Advanced Craftsmanship (AC) series, where parts are brought in from China and the pianos are assembled, tuned and voiced in Germany, and Premium (P) series, made completely in China with final prep done in Germany.

Dimensions: 5'8"x61" or 1m 70cm x 154cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony, Satin Mahogany, Walnut or Cherry

Features: Renner action ~ Renner or Abel hammers ~ German wire ~ German wound bass strings ~ German Kluge keyboard ~ Strunz German soundboard ~ Agraffe and duplex design ~ Traditional cast iron plate ~ Natural adhesives

Price range: $59,070 - $64,110 depending on finish and cabinetry

Yamaha C5X
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Yamaha C5X Grand Piano

Piano Name: Yamaha
Website: Yamaha
Model: C5X
Made in: Japan
Parent Company: Yamaha Corporation
Company Location: Japan
MSRP: $57,499US
Length: 6' 7"

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History: In 1887 a watchmaker by the name of Torakusu Yamaha founded Japan's first reed organ company. By 1899 he traveled to the USA to learn how to build pianos and started making grand and upright pianos under the name Nippon Gakki meaning "Japanese Musical Instrument". These humble beginnings have developed into a multinational manufacturing operation with sales into the billions annually, a work force of nearly 20,000 and product lines ranging from motors to electronics to musical instruments.

Dimensions: 6'7"x59" or 2m 0cm x 149cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony or Mahogany, Satin Ebony

Features: Solid spruce soundboard and ribs ~ Solid maple capped bridges ~ Aluminum alloy action rails ~ Yamaha balanced action ~ Tone collector ~ Duplex scale ~ Solid spruce keys with hardwood buttons ~ Yamaha designed hammers with T-fasteners ~ Reinforced keyframe pin with adjustable guide ~ Humid-A-Seal pinblock ~ Ivorite keytops ~ Beveled edges ~ Hardwood reinforced keyframe ~ Cut thread tuning pins ~ Solid brass casters ~ Vacuum Shield Mold Process (V-Pro) plate ~ Seasoned for destination ~ Soft close fallboard ~ Sostenuto pedal ~ 10 year warranty

Price range: $57,499 - $72,499 depending on finish and cabinetry

Yamaha C6X
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Yamaha C6X Grand Piano

Piano Name: Yamaha
Website: Yamaha
Model: C6X
Made in: Japan
Parent Company: Yamaha Corporation
Company Location: Japan
MSRP: $55,999US
Length: 7' 0"

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Model C6X Facts

History: In 1887 a watchmaker by the name of Torakusu Yamaha founded Japan's first reed organ company. By 1899 he traveled to the USA to learn how to build pianos and started making grand and upright pianos under the name Nippon Gakki meaning "Japanese Musical Instrument". These humble beginnings have developed into a multinational manufacturing operation with sales into the billions annually, a work force of nearly 20,000 and product lines ranging from motors to electronics to musical instruments.

Dimensions: 7'0"x59" or 2m 12cm x 149cm

Available Finishes: Polished Ebony or Mahogany, Satin Ebony

Features: Solid spruce soundboard and ribs ~ Solid maple capped bridges ~ Aluminum alloy action rails ~ Yamaha balanced action ~ Tone collector ~ Duplex scale ~ Solid spruce keys with hardwood buttons ~ Yamaha designed hammers with T-fasteners ~ Reinforced keyframe pin with adjustable guide ~ Humid-A-Seal pinblock ~ Ivorite keytops ~ Beveled edges ~ Hardwood reinforced keyframe ~ Cut thread tuning pins ~ Solid brass casters ~ Vacuum Shield Mold Process (V-Pro) plate ~ Seasoned for destination ~ Soft close fallboard ~ Sostenuto pedal ~ 10 year warranty

Price range: $55,999 - $64,999 depending on finish and cabinetry

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