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Contur 118 Contur 118 C. Bechstein C. Bechstein 151 / 59.5'' cm 59 / 23'' cm 235 / 518 cm 118 / 46.5'' kg The C. Bechstein Contur 118 is an elegant and distinguished mid-sized upright, an unequalled example of the great piano culture made by Germany's leading manufacturer. 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 fine figure of a piano

A versatile instrument with a charming voice and case, the C. Bechstein Contur 118 upright is your ideal partner for practicing and for private performances.

The C. Bechstein Contur 118 upright boasts a very slim, particularly attractive silhouette. Brass inlays at the bottom of the legs further enhance its elegance. Its charm also arises from its curved lines and perfect proportions.

Thanks to its medium size, the C. Bechstein Contur 118 upright piano fits easily into your living room. It boasts a surprisingly powerful and versatile voice with a wealth of nuances, thus offering a wide array of sounds that makes it suitable for all styles of music. The C. Bechstein Contur 118 piano achieved outstanding results in international comparative tests thanks to its acoustic performance and effortless touch.

 

Uprights inspired by grand pianos

C. Bechstein is the world leader in the market for high-end upright pianos: the many elements of the brand's grands that are also found in the uprights of the Masterpiece class provide these instruments with a multifaceted character and the most beautiful sound. Your piano dealer will be happy to give you insight into the complex world of C. Bechstein's piano-making. From the meticulous care given to the high-quality materials to the careful maturing process to the development of a well-balanced sound and energy cycle, a look behind the scenes at the production site will show you why every instrument is a masterpiece that embodies the passion that C. Bechstein piano-makers have for their profession.

Contur 118 Dimensions

151 / 59.5''

Width in cm

118 / 46.5''

Height in cm

59 / 23''

Depth in cm

235 / 518

Weight in kg

C. Bechstein Contur 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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