At Courtney Pianos in Oxford, we have a large selection of restored traditional pianos for sale or rental. We specialise in acquiring and restoring pianos we deem to have the best potential in terms of both tone and touch.
Bechstein Pianos are renowned for their unique sound. The pianos are painstakingly constructed using high-end materials and for over 150 years now the name Bechstein is associated with quality. That’s why we are proud to have Bechstein Pianos for sale.
C. Bechstein Pianoforte AG (also known as Bechstein, is a German manufacturer of pianos, established in 1853.
The Vision of a master craftsman
The company’s founder, Carl Bechstein studied and worked in France and England as a piano craftsman, before setting up his own piano making business. Like most great artisans his first creations were made for other companies, but he dreamed of having his own business.
Bechstein founded his own piano factory on 1 October 1853 in Berlin. He set out to create a piano that was robust enough to able to withstand the great demands imposed on the instrument by the virtuosi piano players of the era, such as Franz Liszt. So right from the early days these instruments were closely associated with the top performers of the day. Any self respecting pianist wanted to emulate their heroes, and so a Bechstein became a status symbol.
By 1870, with endorsements from Franz Liszt and Hans von Bülow, Bechstein pianos had become the must-have piano in many concert halls and private mansions.
In just 17 years, Bechstein had positioned them selves as industry leaders across the world along with other piano makers, Blüthner and Steinway & Sons.
Bechstein has been known as a maker of bespoke artcase pianos since the 19th century. Artcase pianos tended to be commissioned by interior designers for royal palaces and stately homes.
Bechstein hired artists and craftsmen to produce special pianos, lavishly decorated with gold, hand-carved details, and hand-painted art on the piano case.
Today, some of the artcase Bechsteins are now museum pieces, whilst others trade well at musical-instrument auctions, mainly in London and New York.
Famous classical musicians who composed on Bechstein pianos include Edvard Grieg, and Maurice Ravel, Lipatta
Bechstein, Still relevant today
Bechstein pianos are also popular with more contemporary composers and musicians too. Bob Dylan is mentioned on many Bechstein dealers’ web pages as a regular Bechstein player. Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon and Supertramp all recorded music using the Bechstein concert grand at London’s Trident Studios.
That particular piano is over a century old and much sought-after for its sound. It became one of the most frequently recorded instruments in rock history. It was used in the studio from 1968 until the mid-1980s, and has since been sold at auction.
The late, great Freddie Mercury, of the British rock band, Queen, played a Bechstein piano on the best-selling album A Night at the Opera.
The music video for Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” features John playing a white Bechstein grand. But why are they so popular? This video gives some insight.
Given that Bechstein pianos are still so popular with performers today, it’s little wonder that the pianos, whether grand or upright are still highly sought after instruments.
Bechstein Pianos for sale
If you’re an admirer of these fantastic instruments, then you’ll be pleased to know that as well as offering a wide range of piano brands for rental, Courtney Pianos, Oxford also have a number of Bechstein Pianos for sale.
So you too can have the chance to own the unique sound of Bechstein.