Really nice special grand pianos

Posted by: boyonahill

Really nice special grand pianos - 01/26/13 11:36 PM

Which special (design, limited edition, etc.) grand pianos do you like?

I really like these three Bösendorfers.


Blue, and still very much the future.
Brüssel
World´s fair 1958
Designed by Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Felsenstein, office Nobert Schlesinger.
http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/bruessel.html


This is a more modern modern design
http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/design-by-f-a-porsche.html


And finally, my favourite, the Audi one. They have really captured the Audi desing language, and if you watch the movie you'll see the effort they put into this piano. It really looks nice!
http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/audi.html


Posted by: Morodiene

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 09:16 AM

Sorry, but personally I find these piano to be very ugly: awkward/unbalanced. I guess I'm more of a traditionalist smile
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 09:40 AM

Me too. Those are toe stubbers and head bumpers if you have to get underneath the thing. smile
Posted by: malkin

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 10:27 AM

I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 10:29 AM

I like them!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 12:15 PM

I don't know if these are specially "nice" but at least they are nonstandard design.

















Posted by: wouter79

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 12:26 PM
















Posted by: Sauter

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 09:51 PM

That piano-bed is really great. Thats my favorite
Posted by: backto_study_piano

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 10:46 PM

Then there are see-through pianos - Schimmel and Kawai at least made them.
Posted by: boyonahill

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 10:48 PM

Originally Posted By: malkin
I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


This one?

Posted by: boyonahill

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/27/13 10:49 PM

Oh man man is a strange animal!

The pianos I posted I actually do think looks good! Some really strange beasts here!
Posted by: 4evrBeginR

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 01:32 AM

I like the Porsche Design from Bösendorfer. It's more normal yet modern without being so way out there. Don't like the Audi one. I don't like any of the special designs all that much. I think a piano is an instrument, not a decoration, even though it does take up a lot of space and might as well be a bit decorative, but not so over the top.
Posted by: erjamo

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 01:53 AM

Those are toe stubbers and head bumpers if you have to get underneath the thing.
Posted by: Craig Hair

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 08:16 AM

The distorted black one...Does it play or is is sculpture?
Posted by: Dave Horne

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 08:34 AM

Even hybrids have non traditional looks ... AlphaPiano

Posted by: malkin

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 10:36 AM

Originally Posted By: boyonahill
Originally Posted By: malkin
I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


This one?




That's the one!
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 11:00 AM

Originally Posted By: malkin
Originally Posted By: boyonahill
Originally Posted By: malkin
I am fond of the Schimmel Omar Alt piano.
Google it if you are curious.


This one?




That's the one!


Silly me -- I thought it was a Lego kit!
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 11:20 AM

While this thread has thus far featured contemporary art case designs, there are numerous art case or special models by Steinway, Boesendorfer, Bluthner, Bechstein, Fazioli, etc. that are more traditional in nature and often stunningly beautiful IMO.
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 12:16 PM

PLU is absolutely correct. The tradition of art case and special edition pianos is a marvelous addition to the history of the great builders.
Posted by: Thrill Science

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 03:34 PM

They have a couple of the earlier Bösendorfer art-cases at the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.

We took this photo there a while back:



I believe they will still sell this as a special order, model "Brussel". Expect to pay 3x what a plain-case Bösendorfer would cost, though.
Posted by: boyonahill

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 07:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Thrill Science
They have a couple of the earlier Bösendorfer art-cases at the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.

We took this photo there a while back:



I believe they will still sell this as a special order, model "Brussel". Expect to pay 3x what a plain-case Bösendorfer would cost, though.


Oui! That seems to be an early (?) ver. of the one pictured first in my org. post.
Posted by: malkin

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 08:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty


Silly me -- I thought it was a Lego kit!


No, silly me! That's why I like it!
Posted by: ju5t1n-h

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/28/13 08:21 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79






So many people on this forum would love to own this I'm sure!
Posted by: Paul S.

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 01/29/13 04:35 AM

I can't decide which is my most favorite (probably because I can't afford any of them!), but here are my favorites from Steinway (they're all Bs):

Ellipse:



Grove Park:



Pallisandre:



St. Croix:



You can see the rest of Steinway's art cases here:
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/art-case
Posted by: boyonahill

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 02/06/13 08:55 PM

Paul, it is very clear that all those Steinways are built with a very fine craftmanship, but I don't think they're that good looking. If I had to pick one I would choose one you picked, Grove Park.




Video (not too exiting)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5IdqnsDxaM

Was for sale for 100 000 USD.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Steinway-B-2003-...C-/200700352853



Originally Posted By: Paul S.
I can't decide which is my most favorite (probably because I can't afford any of them!), but here are my favorites from Steinway (they're all Bs):

Ellipse:

...
Grove Park:
]

Pallisandre:
...
St. Croix:
...
You can see the rest of Steinway's art cases here:
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/art-case
Posted by: peterws

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 02/07/13 04:57 PM

OK, so the Germans make decent pianos. I think it`s too much to ask of them that they look good . . . their cars certainly don`t.

Get the French on the job.
Posted by: Plowboy

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 02/07/13 05:41 PM

I always liked this design, even if it does take 5000 fingers to play.
Posted by: pyropaul

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 02/07/13 05:50 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
OK, so the Germans make decent pianos. I think it`s too much to ask of them that they look good . . . their cars certainly don`t.

Get the French on the job.


Here you go, a Peugeot design for Pleyel: http://www.peugeot.com/en/products-services/peugeot-design-lab/peugeot-piano-pleyel
Posted by: boyonahill

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 03/04/13 08:36 PM

I finally found two really nice Steinway special grands:

S.L.ED by Karl Lagerfeld
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/limited-edition/karl-lagerfeld/

and

Count Goertz’s 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Grand Piano
http://www.steinway.com/pianos/steinway/limited-edition/the-125th-anniversary/

The Lagerfeld one is cooler, but the Görtz looks really liveable and the one I would like to have if I was buying one.
Posted by: UKPianoMan

Re: Really nice special grand pianos - 03/05/13 07:35 PM



My vote goes for the Tricentennial Steinway. The orange and gold go really well whilst still looking traditional