Our tradition

Ferruccio Busoni

"Your instruments correspond in every respect to all my intentions. In view of the highest duties of the contract and technique imposed on me, it means an extraordinary success for Bechstein instruments; to praise their undeniable superiority brings me great joy."

1910-1929

Inflation and economic crises do not pass by Bechstein. But well-known pianists and composers remain true to the company.

1919

1,100 employees build 5,000 Bechstein instruments a year. Inflation affects the market. In 1920 a model V grand piano costs 25 000 reichsmarks. The customers have no money, so Bechstein simply places its products in their houses. Family conflicts increase at Bechstein. In the economically difficult 1920s, pianists especially hold fast to "their" Bechsteins, whether they are named Ferruccio Busoni or Artur Schnabel, Wilhelm Backhaus or Alfred Cortot - or the unforgettable grand seigneur Emil von Sauer, one of the finest Liszt interpreters.

1923

This year C. Bechstein is converted into a public company. Exports to major countries stagnate in the face of high tariffs and taxes as well as import bans.

1926

A Bechstein culture film is made: "How a Grand Piano Is Created" It should "promote general interest for the piano and with it the entire musical world and serve our industry." The longest version of the film lasts 40 minutes.

1928

The famous department store, Wanamaker says it is honored to be allowed to represent Bechstein grand pianos in New York. Well-known cruise ships are equipped with Bechstein grand pianos.

1929

Bechstein exhibits at the World Exhibition in Barcelona, but customers lack the necessary financial resources. The first Bechstein crosses the Atlantic in a Zeppelin.