The Magic of a Bösendorfer

Bösendorfer is not only the oldest one within the premium segment but all the Bösendorfer Grands also share distinct and fundamental features in the way they are crafted. It is safe to say they are obsessed by crafting the ultimate piano sound experience. This difference to other brands results in the unique Bösendorfer DNA, the warm yet brilliantly colourful sound of a Bösendorfer instrument. Whether you play the Grand Uprights, Grand Pianos or Concert Grands, each instrument is crafted with utmost care and dedication by the hands of Bösendorfer Artisans. 

Grand Uprights and Pianos

Illuminating the Bösendorfer Sound universe on the world's famous stages or within the intimate surrounding of your own 4 walls: the sole limitation of Bösendorfer Grand is its surrounding. Everything else is taken care of by us. Bösendorfer's instruments will unveil the fine nuances of the music you play - key by key, yet unseen and unheard. Uncompromising traditional handcrafting, beauty and the Viennese soul: Made in Austria. 

Resonance Case Principle

Bösendorfer Manufactory: Assembling the resonance case rim

Bösendorfer Manufactory: Assembling the resonance case rim

Contrary to all other manufactures Bösendorfer constructs instruments concentrating on the use of spruce. More than 80% of this wood, ideal for instruments, can be found in Bösendorfer pianos. Verysimilar in principle to a violin the whole body - not exclusively the soundboard - supports sound formation. The actual core of the piano rim consists of a 10 mm quarter-sawn piece that is specially grooved by craftsmen to allow it to be bent to the silhouette around the inner rim – this is unique to Bösendorfer. When a note is played, the integrated spruce components become acoustically active, forming a complete resonating body that allows the whole instrument to project your play. For outstanding richness of tone colour and legendary pure and brilliant sound. This complex construction is part of the Viennese tradition of piano making. 

Naturally Wood

5 years of natural drying

5 years of natural drying

The basis of each Bösendorfer Grand is spruce that is naturally dried by air and has proven to be the ideal tone wood. The four seasons, sun, wind and wide temperature differences gently prepare this wood for its final purpose: to resonate. Bösendorfer uses more than 80% of spruce tone wood building the instruments, more than any other manufacturer. Their Austrian spruce has to be grown at a minimum of 800 meters above sea level guaranteeing a very dense and regular grain structure. Harvested in winter, when the sap is at its lowest, it is subsequently quarter sawn for parallel grain. When you add the natural drying process to their manufacturing time, it actually takes 6 years until the Bösendorfer Grand arrives at your doorstep. Precious time, necessary to craft the unique Bösendorfer Sound.

Hand Spun Bass

Handcrafting Bösendorfer bass strings

Handcrafting Bösendorfer bass strings

All bass strings are spun in a unique Bösendorfer way. A steel core string is the basis for 1 or 2 layers of copper. The carefully spun strings are a substantial element of the warm and sonorous Bösendorfer bass.

Handcrafted in Austria

The art of marquetry (Bösendorfer)

The art of marquetry

Bösendorfer Grands are not just an object of investment but of value that will last more than one generation. Skilled Bösendorfer Artisans reveal the inner beauty of the Bösendorfer sound, unique in colour, dynamics and expression. Perfected throughout, passed on to inspire, generations. It takes the dedication of Bösendorfer Artisans for up to a year to build your Bösendorfer Grand. A personal touch that you will sense the moment you play. Austrian quality, Viennese soul.

Bösendorfer Action

Bösendorfer Careful action refinement

Careful action refinement

From delicate pianissimo to splendid fortissimo: A Bösendorfer Grand shows optimal controllability. Developed in cooperation with artists and technicians our action is crafted to their own, refined specification. This action is built to transfer the finest articulation of masterful play. Controllability at play.