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A 208

A coveted parlor grand piano

A piano for all kinds of music, the C. Bechstein A 208 model is tailored to the needs of pros and amateur pianists in search of a premium instrument.

The C. Bechstein Academy A 208 parlor grand piano is suitable for all styles of music and for solo performances and chamber music concerts alike. It boasts a stunning dynamic range and a wealth of nuances, and stands out for its incredibly balanced and precise action. Such high-quality characteristics at an accessible price make it easy to see why this model is coveted by conservatories the world over.

Carefully selected materials

As with all Bechstein instruments, the careful selection of the materials is an essential factor in the success of the A 208 parlor grand piano. For example, mountain spruce, an excellent tonewood, is used for the soundboard and its ribs, while the back posts are made from high quality pine. The other components of the case are made of crossband veneer using massive wood. The iron plate cast in sand achieves an excellent resistance to tension, and optimizes the keynote. The integrated capodaster strips and duplex scales play a major role in the rich and colorful sound of the treble strings, while agraffes with a special design limit the speaking length of the middle and bass strings. Both the strings and the tuning pins are made of the finest materials.

A parlor grand piano rooted in the rich Bechstein tradition

The C. Bechstein R&D department developed the premium Bechstein pianos taking into account the brand’s great tradition. Accordingly, all Bechstein instruments stand out not only for their wide dynamic range and noble voice, but also for their professional-quality action that boasts special hammerheads made by C. Bechstein, Germany.

A 208 Dimensions
  • 154 cm / 60.6”

    Width in cm

  • 208 cm / 6’9”

    Length in cm

  • 375 kg / 827 lbs

    Weight in kg

SPECIFICATIONS

C. Bechstein Concert grand piano

Work hours
15 months, 420 – 500 hours (depending on model)
Overall character
Concert instruments with perfect voice and touch that offer maximum sound volume and freedom of interpretation.
Soundboard (wood)
Mountain spruce grown slowly at elevations of 1,000 meters and higher in Val di Fiemme, Dolomites (similar to the tonewood used by Antonio Stradivari).
Soundboard (design)
Each soundboard is formed as a membrane with its projection surface adjusted to the instrument’s specific acoustic assembly, just like in violin-making.
Acoustic assembly (materials)
Finest spruce, mahogany, pine and sycamore maple.
Cast-iron frame
The special composition of the cast iron and the particular form of the frame dampen its vibrations, boost the string energy and improve the transmission speed.
Resonator system
The B, C and D models are provided with an adjustable cast-iron resonator that optimizes both the timbre and the radiating force of the treble strings.
Agraffes / Capo bar
Agraffes ensure a precise positioning of the bass and middle section strings. The treble strings rest on a capo bar that is part of the cast-iron frame.
C. Bechstein Bridge Calibration System (BCS)
The bridges are made of high-quality vertically aligned sycamore maple layers using state-of-the-art CNC technology. Precision down to a hundredth of a millimeter guarantees perfect transmission of sound and frequencies to the soundboard.
Wood joints
Reinforced wood-dovetail joints between rim-posts and the inner rim.
Pinblock (material)
Superior quality picn-block with only a few crossed North-American hard-maple layers. Cast-iron frame without dowels, a traditional and high-quality process direct torque for concert pianos.
Keyboard
Durable, resilient keyboard with a lever ratio that is ideal for concert performances.
Action assembly
Precise and highly complex professional action made up of 2,000 parts specifically calibrated to concert standards. Designed in accordance to C. Bechstein’s Keyboard and Action Engineering and Concert-stage, Geometry standards for performers.
Action assembly (hammerheads)
The hammerheads made by C. Bechstein Germany deliver the best dynamics and finest nuances for concert standards.
Action assembly (design) C. Bechstein – Friction Control System (FCS)
Optimum weight and friction coefficients achieved by using the latest design technology.
C. Bechstein Dynamic Touch Balancing (DTB)
Ultra-precise touch-weight distribution of the masses and spring force for each individual tone.
C. Bechstein individual voicing
Optimal individual voicing by Concert Master Piano Makers gives the musician additional aspects of quality.
Case / Finish
Cabinets manufactured at the C. Bechstein production sites from some twenty top-quality parts.