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C 234 C 234 C. Bechstein Concert C. Bechstein Concert 159 / 62.6'' cm 234 / 7'8'' cm 437 / 963 cm C. Bechstein C 234: probably the world’s best semi-concert grand piano. Surprising sound volume, finest nuances, high-precision action. new Grand piano
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Fabulous masterpieces for the highest demands, the ideal sound of many pianists worldwide. The perfect action renders every nuance. Unsurpassed excellence.

A wonderful sound

C. Bechstein C 234 semi-concert grand piano: impressive power, colored and transparent sound, wonderful touch.

Hand-made in Germany! The C. Bechstein C 234 semi-concert grand piano is a sensational instrument of the Masterpiece class developed by the C. Bechstein R&D department, a facility unique the world over. The making of this instrument takes several years and the result is a pure musical diamond. The C. Bechstein action and acoustic specialists confer regularly with great artists and international piano professionals.

The C. Bechstein C 234 semi-concert grand piano is an incredibly subtle instrument with a wealth of power in reserve. This grand of the Masterpiece class will charm you with its extremely colorful timbre, its sound versatility and its fantastically precise action. The C 234 model boasts nearly the same transparent and richly nuanced voice as its “big brother”, the C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand. This is a very welcome characteristic when it comes to interpreting complex compositions. The C. Bechstein C 234 semi-concert grand piano enables you to express a wealth of nuances with serenity.

 

Characteristics of the C. Bechstein C 234 semi-concert grand piano

Brilliant sound: the frame cast in top-quality iron is provided with a capo bar and a C. Bechstein duplex scale to optimize the sound diffusion.

Powerful touch: the hammerheads made by C. Bechstein perform very well, especially in concert halls.

High precision: the extreme precision of the C. Bechstein action fires even the most demanding pianists with enthusiasm.

Universality: the C. Bechstein C 234 semi-concert grand piano is ideal for mid-sized concert halls; moreover, it is suitable for all styles of music, especially chamber music.

C 234 Dimensions

159 / 62.6''

Width in cm

234 / 7'8''

Length in cm

437 / 963

Weight in kg

C. Bechstein Concert C 234

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Specifications

C. Bechstein Concert grand piano

Work hours
15 months, 420 – 500 hours (depending on model)
Overall character
Concert instruments with perfect voice and touch that offer maximum sound volume and freedom of interpretation.
Soundboard (wood)
Mountain spruce grown slowly at elevations of 1,000 meters and higher in Val di Fiemme, Dolomites (similar to the tonewood used by Antonio Stradivari).
Soundboard (design)
Each soundboard is formed as a membrane with its projection surface adjusted to the instrument’s specific acoustic assembly, just like in violin-making.
Acoustic assembly (materials)
Finest spruce, mahogany, pine and sycamore maple.
Cast-iron frame
The special composition of the cast iron and the particular form of the frame dampen its vibrations, boost the string energy and improve the transmission speed.

The extremely smooth frame surface and the optimized arrangement of all sound-amplifying elements guarantee harmonic partials with the highest possible frequencies.

Resonator system
The B, C and D models are provided with an adjustable cast-iron resonator that optimizes both the timbre and the radiating force of the treble strings.
Agraffes / Capo bar
Agraffes ensure a precise positioning of the bass and middle section strings. The treble strings rest on a capo bar that is part of the cast-iron frame.
C. Bechstein Bridge Calibration System (BCS)
The bridges are made of high-quality vertically aligned sycamore maple layers using state-of-the-art CNC technology. Precision down to a hundredth of a millimeter guarantees perfect transmission of sound and frequencies to the soundboard.
Wood joints
Reinforced wood-dovetail joints between rim-posts and the inner rim.
Pinblock (material)
Superior quality picn-block with only a few crossed North-American hard-maple layers. Cast-iron frame without dowels, a traditional and high-quality process direct torque for concert pianos.
Keyboard
Durable, resilient keyboard with a lever ratio that is ideal for concert performances.

Black keys covered with ebony wooden tops. White keys: high-quality mineral key-tops available as an option. Keyboard designed by the C. Bechstein R&D department.

Action assembly
Precise and highly complex professional action made up of 2,000 parts specifically calibrated to concert standards. Designed in accordance to C. Bechstein’s Keyboard and Action Engineering and Concert-stage, Geometry standards for performers.
Action assembly (hammerheads)
The hammerheads made by C. Bechstein Germany deliver the best dynamics and finest nuances for concert standards.

Materials: walnut core for a colorful, voluminous, distinct and precise –nonetheless warm sound, covered with felt made in Germany of New Zealand wool using a secret, traditional method.

Action assembly (design) C. Bechstein – Friction Control System (FCS)
Optimum weight and friction coefficients achieved by using the latest design technology.

Optimum repetition speed thanks to the use of highest quality materials, ultra-precise calibration of each action and the accurate assembly of the various parts.

C. Bechstein Dynamic Touch Balancing (DTB)
Ultra-precise touch-weight distribution of the masses and spring force for each individual tone.
C. Bechstein individual voicing
Optimal individual voicing by Concert Master Piano Makers gives the musician additional aspects of quality.
Case / Finish
Cabinets manufactured at the C. Bechstein production sites from some twenty top-quality parts.

Elegant finish in every detail where a highly professional technique is used in applying high-gloss lacquer, followed by a longer drying process. Then, with numerous applications of hand-crafted sanding, from rough to very smooth, with different grains of abrasive material, the cabinet finish receives a texture close to the smoothenss of skin. With a number of polishing steps employing different waxes and polishing materials, a superior high gloss finish is finally achieved.

 
C. BECHSTEIN MANUFACTORY
SEIFHENNERSDORF, SAXONY

At the C. Bechstein manufactory, experienced piano-makers build instruments of exceptional quality, each of them provided with a distinctive musical personality. More than 160 years of piano-making expertise are a testimony to continuity and reliability.

 

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