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A 228

C. Bechstein Academy A 228 semi-concert grand piano: a bravura instrument

The C. Bechstein A 228 semi-concert grand piano is a top-class instrument with an impressive sound volume and a professional action. It is available at a accessible price, even though it is not out of place on concert stages. Your gateway to the Bechstein world, the C. Bechstein Academy A 228 semi-concert grand piano enables you to enjoy at home the magic of the great German brand.

In recent years, Bechstein has been the focus of media attention like no other piano manufacturer. Journalists frequently reported on the continuous development and exceptional character of the German production site, where both the premium Bechstein pianos and the instruments of the C. Bechstein Masterpiece class are manufactured.

Typical features of the Bechstein sound

The A 228 semi-concert grand piano was developed at the C. Bechstein R&D department located in Seifhennersdorf, Saxony, and is rooted in the great Bechstein tradition. It is made at the adjoining production site using high technology and the best materials. For example, the case and the back frame are made using high-precision CNC technology, while a special procedure was developed to insert the soundboard with its active vibration properties into the acoustic assembly to ensure wonderful sound projection.

The professional action of the A 228 model boasts special hammerheads made by C. Bechstein, Germany. Perfectly trained piano-makers complement the high-tech processes as they perform crucial operations by hand, such as the voicing of the hammerheads or the insertion of the action into the case.

The elegant and noble character of the Bechstein sound stems from the special design of the acoustic assembly. Moreover, a slower sound transfer velocity decisively contributes to the sublime majestic voice of the instrument. As a result, the C. Bechstein Academy A 228 semi-concert grand piano is ideal for chamber music performances and playing in private music rooms.

A 228 Dimensions
  • 159 cm / 63”

    Width in cm

  • 228 cm / 7’6”

    Length in cm

  • 417 kg / 919 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.