Our tradition

Franz Liszt

"For 28 years now I have played their instruments, which have maintained their pre-eminence."

1870-1889

In 20 years from a small Berlin workshop to one of the world's most successful piano manufacturers with branches in London and St. Petersburg.

1870

The industrial facilities are significantly expanded. Bechstein exports grew remarkably between 1870 and 1890. Whereas Bechstein had delivered a total of 176 instruments by 1859, it produced in 1870 over 500 per year.

1877

A Bechstein upright piano 1.25 meters tall can be had for 960 reichsmarks. A "concert pianino" costs 1,275 reichsmarks and extends 1.36 meters high. A small baby grand is only 75 reichsmarks more expensive, while the large concert grand piano with a length of just 2.60 meters is offered for 3,000 reichsmarks. Carl Bechstein built 672 instruments in 1877, he makes a turnover of around one million reichsmarks and can be quite satisfied with an annual income of about 80,000 reichsmarks.

1880

A second production facility is created in the Grünauerstraße in Berlin. Carl Bechstein buys a villa on Dämeritzsee in Erkner, which becomes an artistic center - a house whose hospitality is legendary. Eugen d'Albert composed his new B-minor Piano Concerto there in 1883. Many other composers from Johannes Brahms to Ferruccio Busoni, Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss will become connected with Bechstein in the coming years and decades.

1885

Establishing a London branch. The countries of the British Empire receive the largest part of the Bechstein export, even Queen Victoria buys a rich gold-plated "Bechstein." In St. Petersburg, Russia, a Bechstein branch is also opened.