When the moment comes to sit down at our instrument such as a grand or upright piano, in addition to the sound it is also their soul that counts, and often their impressive, even aristocratic history. So today we will take a look at the Bluthner brand. We will also answer questions such as: are Bluthner pianos any good? Where are Bluthner pianos manufactured? And how much does a Bluthner piano cost?

Where are Bluthner pianos manufactured?

The history of the Bluthner brand goes back to 1853. It was in Leipzig where Julius Bluthner received official permission from the city authorities to set up his piano factory. He also acquired a workshop and three helpers. Legend has it that employees who arrived at the work site just before 6.00 a.m. found Julius Bluthner there, who had been meticulously working on his instruments for more than two hours.

Bluthner

During the first year of Julius Bluthner’s workshop, 10 musical instruments were created. Proud of his creations, the maker decided to present them to a wider audience at an official exhibition. With critical acclaim, the legend of Bluthner pianos began. Not surprisingly, it was not long before Bluthner became the official piano supplier to the courts of Queen Victoria, the Emperor of Germany, the Sultan of Turkey, the Tsar of Russia or the King of Saxony and Denmark.

The German company started with the great passion of its founder in 1853 and has been continuously in the hands of the same family that has been cultivating this tradition since then. Every year the Bluthner brand produces 100 upright pianos and 500 grand pianos.

Haessler – born of tradition

As a tribute to one of the brand’s owners, Dr. Rudolf Bluthner-Haessler, Haessler upright and grand pianos were created. They were created under the strict quality control of the Bluthner family. These are modern handmade instruments at attractive prices.

Recognizing the brand

Bluthner pianos are memorable above all for their stately, warm and even „lyrical sound”. This effect is achieved by the 4th string added in the high registers. It is its tone that is described as almost song-like. Another hallmark of the Bluthner is the presence of felt in its original blue colour. A widely appreciated component among critics is also the solid, strongly made construction of the upright and grand pianos.

Piano Bluthner

All these elements are a justification for why it was Bluthner who attained the rank of the official instrument supplier to so many royal courts.

Classic models of Bluthner grand pianos

ModelWidthLengthWeightPrice
1 (280)160 cm / 63″280 cm / 9’2″525 kg / 1157 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
2 (238)162 cm / 64″238 cm / 7’10”405 kg / 893 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
4 (210)154 cm / 61″210 cm / 6’11”345 kg / 761 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
6 (190)152 cm / 60″190 cm / 6’3″330 kg / 727 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
10 (166)152 cm / 60″166 cm / 5’5″290 kg / 639 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
11 (154)152 cm / 60″154 cm / 5’1″280 kg / 617 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano

Classic models of Bluthner pianos

ModelHeightWidthLengthWeightPrice
S (145)145 cm / 57″157 cm / 62″70 cm / 27″320 kg / 705 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
B (132)132 cm / 52″151 cm / 59″62 cm / 24″270 kg / 595 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
A (124)124 cm / 49″152 cm / 60″63 cm / 25″250 kg / 551 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
C (118)118 cm / 46″154 cm / 61″62 cm / 24″240 kg / 529 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano
D (116)116 cm / 45″154 cm / 61″62 cm / 24″250 kg / 551 ibsCheck it out on Klaviano

Are Bluthner pianos any good?

In answer to the question of whether Bluthner pianos are any good, it is worth looking at the special class models. These models include the Crystal Edition, which are futuristic and described as really prestigious transparent instruments. In fact, these products look impressive, thanks to the fact that you can look inside them. The PH model also boasts an interesting design. That is, a combination of Danish design and solid Bluthner workshop. This unusual piano was designed in 1931 by Poul Henningsen. Bluthner also offers high-end e-Klavier, or digital pianos. The first digital piano “made in Germany” was launched in 2011 and immediately became a real hit.

Bluthner Crystal Edition

When was my Bluthner piano produced?

For the answer to this question, be sure to check the serial number of your instrument and then locate it within the date range below:

List of serial numbers of Bluthner pianos (click to open)

1853 – 700
1855 – 1500
1860 – 2500
1862 – 4800
1865 – 6500
1868 – 8100
1870 – 9200
1875 – 13200
1880 – 18500
1885 – 25000
1890 – 31000
1891 – 32000
1892 – 34000
1893 – 36000
1894 – 39000
1895 – 42000
1896 – 45000
1897 – 47000
1898 – 49000
1899 – 52000
1900 – 55000
1901 – 57500
1902 – 60000
1903 – 62500
1904 – 65000
1905 – 67500
1906 – 70000
1907 – 72500
1908 – 75000
1909 – 78000
1910 – 81000
1911 – 84000
1912 – 87000
1914 – 90000
1915 – 94000
1916 – 95000
1917 – 96000
1918 – 97000
1919 – 98000
1920 – 100000
1921 – 101500
1922 – 103000
1923 – 105000
1924 – 107000
1925 – 109000
1926 – 111000
1927 – 112000
1928 – 113000
1929 – 114000
1930 – 115000
1931 – 115500
1932 – 116000
1933 – 117000
1934 – 118000
1935 – 119500
1936 – 120700
1937 – 122000
1938 – 123500
1939 – 124500
1940 – 125500
1942 – 126000
1943 – 127000
1946 – 128000
1947 – 128100
1948 – 128200
1949 – 128500
1950 – 128800
1951 – 129100
1952 – 129400
1953 – 129800
1954 – 130100
1955 – 130600
1956 – 131000
1957 – 131600
1958 – 132000
1959 – 132450
1960 – 133006
1961 – 135500
1962 – 136000
1963 – 136500
1964 – 137000
1965 – 137500
1966 – 138000
1967 – 138500
1968 – 139000
1969 – 139500
1970 – 140000
1971 – 140500
1972 – 141000
1973 – 141500
1974 – 142000
1975 – 142500
1976 – 143000
1977 – 143500
1978 – 144000
1979 – 144400
1980 – 144900
1981 – 145200
1982 – 145600
1983 – 146000
1984 – 146400
1985 – 146800
1986 – 147200
1987 – 147500
1988 – 147800
1989 – 148000
1990 – 148200
1991 – 146400
1992 – 148600
1993 – 148800
1994 – 149000
1995 – 149200
1996 – 149400
1997 – 149600
1998 – 149800
1999 – 150000
2000 – 150200
2001 – 150400
2002 – 150600
2003 – 150800

How much does a Bluthner grand piano cost?

The price of a new upright piano fluctuates around 15,000-30,000 €. For a new grand piano from Bluthner you will pay from around 40,000 €. You can also hunt for special bargains, which are posted on our website klaviano.com. There you will find both new and used Bluthner upright and grand pianos at very good prices.

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