BECHSTEIN, ONE OF THE WORLD'S most renowned piano makers, is celebrating its 160th anniversary with an extraordinarily ornate instrument that showcases the talents of its team of piano builders. The one-of-a-kind piano literally glows with its abundance of gold leaf, delicate woodcarving, and miniature paintings. Inside the elaborate Louis XV case is a contemporary Bechstein CB B 212 model.
"The Golden Grand Piano recalls a glamorous era in the company's history when we filled orders for crowned heads and famous artists," said Karl Schulze, CEO of C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG, Berlin. "It also demonstrates the brand's return to its legendary strength. We have built it after the specifications of a 19th-century masterpiece made by Carl Bechstein himself for the royal court of England. This instrument is the epitome of craftsmanship and creativity--a fitting homage to the grand seigneur of piano-making."
Custom-built pianos by C. Bechstein today adorn stately homes, luxury yachts, and corporate headquarters. Before the Golden Grand Piano is delivered to its owner, it will be showcased in the Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of King Frederick the Great, and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City in Beijing.