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The History Of Grotrian-Steinweg Piano

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grand-obsession-Grotrian Piano Hollywood PianoGrotrian-Steinweg, known as the Grotrian piano in the US, is one of the world's finest most respected piano brands. Among a handful of top German manufacturers of luxury pianos they are the only German company producing tier one pianos only. The Grotrian 192 (6'4') model was the piano chosen in a well documented odyssey for the perfect piano in the New York Times best selling book "Grand Obsession" by Perri Knize. Grand Obsession Book

Steinweg Founds Steinway & Sons

In 1835 Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg later known as Steinway (founder of Steinway & Sons, NY) built the world's very first Steinweg piano factory. Fifteen years later in 1850, H.E. Steinweg took most of his large family to New York City, leaving the piano factory to his eldest son, C.F. Theodor Steinweg, who stayed behind to run it under his own name. Six years later Friedrich Grotrian became his partner. Grotrian-Steinweg pianos were praised universally and were the choice of judges at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Grotrian-Steinweg operated an orchestra and a concert hall, and established sales rooms in a half dozen major cities in Germany, and by 1920, in London as well. At its peak in the late 1920s, Grotrian-Steinweg employed 1,000 people and made 3,000 pianos per year.gs_helmutgrotrian

Economic depression in the 1930s and war in the 1940s caused Grotrian-Steinweg to decline severely. The family did however rebuild the factory and re-establish their reputation for top quality work. In the 1950s an annual piano-playing competition was founded by the company in an effort to identify promising piano students. Then in the mid-1960s Grotrian-Steinweg expanded into the United States.

JUDGE LEGISLATES GROTRIAN-STEINWEG TO BE KNOWN AS ONLY GROTRIAN IN NORTH AMERICA

During the 1970′s, the American based Steinway & Sons Piano Makers sued Grotrian-Steinweg to keep them from importing pianos using their international trademark (Grotrian-Steinweg) in the USA. They succeeded in getting an American judge to agree with them that somehow smart high level Grotrian-Steinweg buyers would have brand confusion and believe Grotrian-Steinweg was still associated with Steinway or vice versus. That is why the name for the USA and Canada is Grotrian. Until the advent of the internet this history was easily obscured. In our opinion we feel that lawsuit to have been a blatant bullying tactic by the Steinway company trying to keep a worthy competitor at bay.

In 1974, the Grotrian-Steinweg family built a new factory in northwest Braunschweig on Grotrian-Steinweg Street. After Helmut and Erwin Grotrian-Steinweg supervised the construction they retired, leaving Helmut's son Knut in charge. This factory is the current location of Grotrian-Steinweg knut_grotrianheadquarters and production. Each piano they make is an individually crafted work of art with annual production of only 500 upright pianos in six sizes and 100 grand pianos in five sizes. Some 20 concert grands are made per year—each one requiring 8 months of manufacture and a waiting list to get one with most pre-sold to Russian Conservatories.

AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD

Modern Grotrian-Steinweg pianos were said by Larry Fine in the pianobuyer.com to be among the "highest quality",on par with Hamburg-built Steinway, Italian Fazioli pianos and Austrian Bösendorfer; which by the way are all ranked higher than New York made Steinway & Sons pianos in the piano buyer.com. Hollywood Piano is proud to be the exclusive representative of Grotrian pianos in Los Angeles, Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada. Our goal at Hollywood Piano is to seek out the highest value piano brands in the world at each level. This is why we chose to represent Grotrian pianos at the prestige luxury level.  Certified 100% German Made

bvk_d_signetWhy Hollywood Piano Loves Grotrian Pianos

  1. Grotrian-Steinweg makes only top tier luxury pianos. There are no second line Grotrian-Steinweg pianos. No hybrid pianos partially built elsewhere and assembled in Germany. No lower end pianos that say "designed by" Grotrian-Steinweg. Think of Rolls-Royce. Do they offer a lower priced second line car? Is there a second line Rolex or Louis Vuitton? No. Either you are a passionate high end luxury maker or you're merely marketing a broad range of piano products.Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 4.43.56 PM When you buy a Grotrian piano, you get the best without compromises.
  2. Grotrian has been certified as 100% made in Germany by the BVK, the association of German Piano Makers. (The Hamburg made Steinway piano does not receive  this.)
  3. Grotrian-Steinweg pianos represent the highest value among luxury piano brands. With the current favorable Dollar to Euro exchange rate the prices of Grotrian-Steinweg pianos are often landing in the USA at a retail price near the cost of, and sometimes less than the cost of an American Steinway piano.
  4. Grotrian-Steinweg pianos are hand made works of art immaculately crafted in the old world German method using only the finest materials available
  5. Grotrian Pianos posses unparalleled piano touch and piano tone. In the end it's all about piano sound, touch and how it performs.

For the pianist looking for the ultimate piano playing experience, treat yourself to an audition of a new Grotrian Grand or upright piano.

Hollywood Piano Is The Grotrian Dealer and the Expert European Piano Store Serving Los Angeles, Southern California, Arizona & Nevada

Grotrian-Steinweg Famous Endorsers

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Grotrian Studio Series Models 192 & 208

Grotrian Studio Series Models 192 & 208

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