A musical partner for life
An upright or grand piano is a secure investment, and a musical partner on which we can focus our emotions in a fast-moving world. A particularly versatile instrument, a piano can adapt to any taste: on your upright or grand, you can play jazz or classical music, rock or pop tunes.
This Piano Guide is intended to help you choose the instrument that best meets your requirements.
The many advantages of playing piano
Playing piano is not only fun – it’s healthy for both the body and mind. It boosts your creativity and helps you to relax. Children and teens who play the piano are more disciplined and learn more easily than those who don’t. According to scientific studies, training the fingers on the keyboard has a positive impact on the brain, even in the elderly. Last but not least, playing the piano can make you a big hit among your friends!
A good investment for the future
You want a piano that is a source of enjoyment for years or even decades thanks to its powerful and colored sound, as well as its pleasant and dynamic touch. One that is solid, made by a reliable manufacturer and provided with a case that meets your expectations. A good piano dealer will be able to recommend an instrument that fulfills all these criteria.
Should I buy a new or second-hand piano?
If you buy a new piano of good quality, you’ll enjoy a precise action that enables a perfectly controlled attack. Moreover, the tensions are optimized in the acoustic assembly of a new piano, which delivers good sound quality and dynamics. All C. Bechstein uprights and grands come with a five-year warranty. “
Second-hand instruments: what to watch out for
There are countless second-hand pianos available on the market, and some will have suffered more wear and tear than others. It’s not easy to determine the precision of the action, the quality of the sound, nor whether it will be possible to regulate and tune the instrument. Moreover, there may be hidden damage due to storage under inappropriate climatic conditions or inexpert repairs. Especially in the case of vintage pianos, the refurbishing costs may well exceed the purchase price.
Make sure the second-hand piano is covered by warranty
You should buy a second-hand piano only from a dealer who provides the instrument with a warranty. And be sure to choose a piano of impeccable quality.
The advantages of acoustic pianos
An acoustic piano is a must for those who want to enjoy playing and practicing, as such an instrument trains the musical ear best and boosts the creativity. The ability to modulate a natural sound and perfectly control the attack is a significant advantage of acoustic pianos. On the contrary, a digital instrument delivers only a frozen, tinny sound. No one who has played an acoustic piano would ever renounce the unique musical pleasure inherent in such an instrument.
What are the advantages of digital pianos?
Of course, digital pianos also boast certain advantages; for example, they are a good choice for those who favor pop music as well as those who need to transport their instruments easily.
Nonetheless, the sound quality of digital pianos remains limited, although it has improved in recent years: the “voice” of a digital piano is made of sound samples, where only every third tone is recorded from an acoustic piano at just a few different levels, the other tones being simulated by the computer. Thus, despite all technological advances, a digital piano is by no means able to deliver the multifaceted musical experience that you can enjoy when playing an acoustic instrument.
In addition, the similar appearance of the keys on both types of pianos is misleading: the keys of digital pianos are lighter and far less precise to the touch, so that playing a piece on an acoustic piano that you had practiced on a digital instrument can present a problem.
C. Bechstein sound samples
The quality of the sound samples used by digital pianos or mute systems varies considerably from one device to the next. All the samples for the Vario mute, for example, were recorded on a C. Bechstein concert grand piano. That’s why this device is the ideal solution for providing an acoustic C. Bechstein instrument with the advantages of a digital piano.
Always compare the differences in touch and voice of several pianos before buying
Ultimately, the choice between an acoustic and a digital piano depends on your budget, the space available at your home and the intended use of the instrument. Don’t hesitate to compare both types of pianos — and you will most likely come to the conclusion that an acoustic piano boasts decisive advantages.
Moderator and Vario silent system for playing quietly
Moderator for a softer sound
On an acoustic piano, pressing the middle pedal causes a felt bar called the “moderator” to be inserted between the strings and the hammers, so that the piano’s sound is quieter and duller.
Insulated caster cups
The sound of an upright or grand piano is transmitted via the casters through the floor to the walls and then the ceiling. Inserting insulated cups under the casters is a simple way to make a piano quieter.
C. Bechstein Vario silent system
Various types of silent systems have been developed for acoustic upright and grand pianos. They stop the hammerheads and render digitalized sound samples, so that you can play night and day without disturbing anyone. For professional pianists, too, who practice for hours on end, such a device is the optimum accessory.
There are various levels of quality among the silent systems available on the market. Poor quality sensors or an unstable mute rail can impair the touch and generate noise. There are also great differences with regard to ease of use and the sound rendered by the various silent systems.
The C. Bechstein Vario silent system is a top-class mute that provides your acoustic piano with all the advantages of a digital instrument. You continue to enjoy the remarkably precise Bechstein action, but the mute rail stops the hammerheads before they hit the strings.
State-of-the-art optical sensors placed below the keys record all nuances of your play without altering it.
Ultimately, sound samples recorded on a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand piano render the notes in exquisite quality over a headset.