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C. Bechstein Grand Piano

Made by: C. Bechstein

19th Century



An innovative combination of the rapid French action, sturdy English hammers, and newer German-American cross-strung plate, C. Bechstein’s concert grands were preferred by many leading European pianists for their velvety tone, light touch, and durability.

This Berlin-built instrument was likely shipped to Budapest for a recital by Nikolai Rubinstein.  Afterwards, it was owned by music patron John DeBodo and is said to have been played by Brahms, Liszt, Mahler, Bartok, Kodaly, and Dohnanyi.  

Donated by Margaret Baxtresser, 2005

Range: 7+ octaves, AAA-c5
Fallboard: “C. Bechstein / hof-Lieferant Sr. Maj. [crest] des Kaisers u.Königs / Berlin”
Satin ebony finish
Lion heads at corners
Original strings
Two pedals