The History of C. Bechstein


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C Bechstein High Gloss Black Victorian Style Grand Piano1

Pianos have always been not only a source of entertainment but also a royalty for Royals. There are several grand and elegant pianos present in the palaces of the Royals. The Royals are quite conscious of the working, design, and outlook of pianos. The fact is that they trust only one or a few of the companies for their pianos. Among those grand piano companies is C.Bechstein. The company has been able to impress many Royals with its fantastic set of upright and grand pianos.

We have tuned and repaired hundreds of C. Bechstein pianos in London, and you can find some of the pianos we have had the pleasure of working with on our gallery page.

C. Bechstein Pianos Since 1853

Carl Bechstein has been working as a piano maker for the initial years of his professional life. He crafted unique pianos for different companies. But it was not until October 1853 that he established his own C. Bechstein piano company in Berlin, Germany. By the year 1886, the company was the one holding a Royal Warrant because of its outstanding sales of pianos to the Royals, including Queen Victoria.

C. Bechstein History Timeline

Bechstein holds a fascinating and elevating historical timeline.

  • 1850 to 1900
    • Bechstein established his own piano company, known as C. Bechstein.
    • With time, the company’s pianos were able to be part of many famous concerts and music halls.
    • The supply of pianos to Queen Victoria started, which later extended to the supply of pianos to many Royals and attaining the Royal Warrant.
    • Opening of many showrooms in distinctive areas and the Bechstein Concert Hall in Berlin.
  • 1900 to 1950
    • The death of Carl Bechstein, and the company started operating under the heirs.
    • Opening of Bechstein Hall in London (Wigmore Street)
    • The company faced a downfall because of World War I.
    • Within no time, the company faced another massive backlash in the form of bombardments during World War II, leaving the company in a bad state. The company lost many of its craftsmen and assets.
    • The company kept on producing pianos, but in a minimal amount due to a lack of resources.
    • But all this did not let the company lose its morale and determination.
  • 1950 to 2000
    • Bechstein continued its production of pianos.
    • Celebrating Bechstein’s centennial with the Berlin Philharmonic
    • Starting the new factory of C. Bechstein and Zimmermann instruments in Saxony.
    • Celebrating the 125th birthday of C. Bechstein in 1978.
    • Opening of new production facilities in Berlin-Kreuberg.
    • The company went public in 1996.
    • Establishment of the first C. Bechstein Centre in Berlin
  • 2000 to Present
    • Forming a partnership in cooperation with Samick, the Korean musical instrument manufacturer.
    • Laying the foundation of Berlin Bechstein Piano Ltd. in Shanghai, China.
    • Taking the place of the first international musical competition of C. Bechstein.

Indeed, the C. Bechstein Company has faced many ups and downs in its 164 years. Throughout this time, the company maintained its standards and determination to remain persistent, even after facing the downfalls of two world wars. So, this was all about C. Bechstein, the company that has been delivering the best pianos to the Royals for ages.