Pianiste heaps praise on W. Hoffmann

The latest issue of the French music magazine Pianiste (July/August 2011) contains an extensive feature on Bechstein, including an article on the newest additions to the group’s product portfolio showcased at the last Frankfurt Music Fair and a comprehensive test of the W. Hoffmann T 122 piano – to which the magazine gives top marks.

The article on the new instruments presented at the Frankfurt Music Fair features the BECHSTEIN Academy A 175, the upright pianos W. Hoffmann Vision V 126 and V 131, and the low-priced grand piano W. Hoffmann Vision V 175. It also mentions the new BECHSTEIN Vario digital mute system (High Definition Sensor Technology), highlighting the vast array of nuances this German-made device produces: “This discrete and extremely elegant module is available in black or white. It comes with Sennheiser headphones and has a large number of technical possibilities.”

W. Hoffmann Tradition 122 “made by Bechstein Europe”
Pianiste tested the W. Hoffmann Tradition 122 upright piano thoroughly: “The W. Hoffmann brand belongs to the prestigious German group Bechstein. All of these pianos are manufactured at Bechstein’s European factory. The Vision range incorporates the European standards on sound and action, while the upright and grand pianos of the Tradition series are instruments of excellent quality that correspond to the ‘upper middle class’ of the German piano-making tradition.”   
Furthermore, the article in Pianiste underlines the advantages of the W. Hoffmann pianos: delicate finish, top-quality German strings and agraffes, immaculate positioning of the bass strings made of 99% pure copper, excellent hammer heads made in Germany, solid pine soundboard, carefully selected components of the Bechstein action assembly to produce an especially solid and long-lasting ensemble, user-friendly moderator pedal, generously sized music rest, pleasant action and good positioning of the pedals. The article also lauds the sound of the T 122 model in the test: “Huge volume, good note length, good resonance with the mute pedal raised, well-constructed acoustic ensemble, tonal quality rich in contrast.”   
Pianiste finally concludes: “Built entirely in Europe, this medium-sized piano benefits from the vast experience of top manufacturer Bechstein and has a remarkable sound capacity. Excellent value for money, even compared to its Asian competitors, it is sure to be a hit with amateurs, beginners and piano students before they move on to the Bechstein Academy at a later stage.”

Pianiste heaps praise on W. Hoffmann