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Classic 118 Classic 118 C. Bechstein C. Bechstein 151 / 59.5'' cm 59 / 23'' cm 238 / 525 cm 118 / 46.5'' kg The C. Bechstein Classic 118 upright is hand-made in Germany. Demanding piano players praise its pleasant touch and wonderful sound. new Upright
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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 mature piano hand-made in Germany

C. Bechstein Classic 118: noble sound and clear design; an award-winner that will delight you and generations to come.

The ideal proportions and timeless elegance of the C. Bechstein Classic 118 upright enchant all lovers of classical design. Despite its superlative sound and technical characteristics, this piano demonstrates its superiority with modesty from the moment you first play and hear it. Its mature action captivates pros and surprises amateur pianists as it enables them to play without effort. C. Bechstein Classic 118: harmony both inside and out. International comparative tests have shown that, thanks to its powerful sound, this mid-sized piano is absolutely suitable to Romantic and post-Romantic music.

 

Hand-made at Europe’s foremost piano production facility

Like all C. Bechstein uprights, the Classic 118 model integrates many elements used in the grand pianos of the Masterpiece class, which accounts for their superiority. The piano-makers at the C. Bechstein production site take their time in manufacturing each Classic 118 instrument. This piano, hand-made in Germany, mirrors perfectly the love of detail that is the pride of the great German brand. Ask your dealer about the DVDs showing the C. Bechstein production site: they reveal the secrets that make the famous Bechstein sound and help you understand why the pianos of the Masterpiece class rank among the best in the world.

Classic 118 Dimensions

151 / 59.5''

Width in cm

118 / 46.5''

Height in cm

59 / 23''

Depth in cm

238 / 525

Weight in kg

C. Bechstein Classic 118

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Specifications

C. Bechstein Concert upright piano

Work hours
8 months, 180 hours
Overall character
Instruments with perfect voice and touch that offer maximum sound volume and freedom of interpretation
Soundboard (wood)
Soundboard made of 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)
The sound board fashioned as a membrane with its projection surface adjusted to the instrument’s particular acoustic assembly, like in violin-making.
Acoustic assembly (materials)
Sound bodies made of finest spruce, mahogany, pine and sycamore maple.
Cast-iron frame
The special composition of the cast iron, its materials and the particular form of the frame itself dampen its own vibrations and boost the string energy, thereby warranting the the transmission of sound at high speed.

The high-precision coupling of the cast-iron frame and the wooden parts of the acoustic assembly keeps the frame’s resonance to a minimum.

Agraffes / Capo bar
Agraffes ensure precise positioning of the strings for all 88 tones. This solution in use for 163 years contributes to the exceptional richness of the C. Bechstein pianos.
C. Bechstein Bridge Calibration System (BCS)
The bridges are made of high-quality German solid red beech using state-of-the-art engineering and CNC technology.

Precision down to a hundredth of a millimeter guarantees perfect transmission of sound and frequencies to the soundboard and ensure a clear sound projection.

Wood joints
Reinforced dovetail joints.
Pinblock (material)
Several layers of carefully selected solid wood (5-millimeter maple layers in the Concert 8 upright).
Keyboard
Durable, resilient keyboard with ideal lever ratio that meets professional touch requirements at the highest levels.

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, highly complex professional action made up of 2,000 parts, engineered and designed in accordance with C. Bechstein’s Keyboard and Action Engineering and Geometry standards for the most stringent requirements on precision and reliability.
Action assembly (hammerheads)
The hammerheads made by C. Bechstein Germany deliver excellent dynamic possibilities and a wealth of nuances.

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

Action assembly (design) C. Bechstein – Friction Control System
A superior upright touch: The Optimum weight and friction coefficients achieved by using the latest engineering design technology.

Optimum repetition speed thanks to the use of highest quality materials and the ultra-precise assembly of the various parts.

C. Bechstein Dynamic Touch Balancing (DTB)
Superior-precision in touch-weight distribution of the masses and spring tension for each individual tone.
C. Bechstein individual voicing
Additional quality components enable optimum voicing.
Case / Finish
Case manufactured at the C. Bechstein production site from some twenty top-quality parts.

Case manufactured at the C. Bechstein production site from some twenty top-quality parts. Elegant finish in every detail. Sophisticated technique used in applying high-gloss lacquer and applying the lacquer and producing its high-gloss finish through numerous manual sanding and polishing steps.

 
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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