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Brodmann

Brodmann

Joseph Brodmann was a pioneering piano maker in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. As a young man, he came to Vienna and apprenticed with the piano builder Frederick Hoffmann.

Vienna was the center of the musical world. Influenced by the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Joseph Brodmann was one of the first and best known piano designers and craftsmen.

World-famous musicians and composers, including Beethoven and von Weber, owned and played Brodmann pianos.

Brodmann's contribution to piano design laid the groundwork for his most talented apprentice, Ignaz Bösendorfer, whose pianos are still considered among the finest in the world.

Portrait of Ignaz BösendorferA great master, Brodmann, found an ingenious pupil, Bösendorfer, who took everything he learned and began to make Bösendorfer pianos when he took over Joseph Brodmann’s workshops in 1828.

Today, Vienna-based Brodmann continues the legacy with three lines of Brodmann grand and upright pianos.

Strunz soundboard on a Brodmann piano

SOUNDBOARD

The soundboard is the soul of the piano. Brodmann demands premium German soundboards from Strunz. Hand made from the finest Alpine spruce, these Strunz soundboards are planed and tapered to precise specifications. The result is a warm and sustained tone typical of fine Viennese pianos.

Fine German Röslau piano strings for a Brodmann piano

RÖSLAU WIRE

Select Röslau wire allows Brodmann pianos to achieve a fullness of tone not found in other pianos. German strings by Röslau have long been acclaimed as the pinnacle in the piano arena and are the finest available.

Inspecting rims for Brodmann pianos

RIMS

Brodmann piano rims are a fortress of the hardest beech and maple. A Brodmann is an heirloom quality piano built to last for generations. The rigid and strong rim allows for the tremendous power and tonal projection of a Brodmann.

Brodmann grand piano rim with radial bracing

BRACING

Solid spruce bracing in a radial configuration ensures a heirloom quality piano. These spruce braces also contribute to the Brodmann sound by reinforcing the piano’s acoustical body. Each brace is individually dovetailed into the inner rim for strength, in keeping with traditional Viennese piano building.

Treble bell on a Brodmann grand piano

BELL TONE

The 'bell tone' collector, or treble bell, dates back for nearly 150 years. This unique design element is found only on premier, concert level pianos. Enhancing the treble on a grand piano, the feature actually collects harmonics in the upper register of the piano creating clear, bell-like quality typical of the European sound.

Voicing a Brodmann piano German felt hammer

HAMMERS

The most celebrated European pianos, such as Brodmann, demand the finest hammers. Brodmann’s German cold pressed hammers allow the craftsman to manipulate the wool to achieve a perfectly balanced tone and customize a singing quality that is unrivaled.

Brodmann grand piano hand cast plate

PLATES

Brodmann piano plates are hand cast on a wet mold in the traditional Viennese method, creating a superior plate. The plate withstands tremendous tension from the strings and is the backbone of the piano. Our plates are specifically designed to prevent inharmonicities often found in less expensive plates. This allows the pure tone of a Brodmann. Our craftspeople hand sand the plates to achieve a perfectly smooth bronze finish.

Brodmann grand piano

SOUND

Our pianos have an essential common element: the distinctive and highly valued Brodmann sound, which is both dynamic and natural. Beautiful in performance and appearance, they are destined to be the classics of tomorrow.

 

Brodmann PE 121 - 48

Brodmann PE 121 - 48"

The Brodmann PE 121 is, by far, one of the most popular upright models. This 48" piano delivers a quality sound like no other in the industry. The PE 121 shows ... Learn More
Brodmann PE 126I - 49

Brodmann PE 126I - 49"

In a constant effort to fill the needs of our customers, Brodmann has engineered a new model specifically designed for institutions that prefer the sound of Bro... Learn More
Brodmann PE 130 - 52

Brodmann PE 130 - 52"

The Brodmann PE 130 is the largest upright piano in the Brodmann family. This upright model is preferred by professional pianists because of its size and power.... Learn More
Brodmann PE 150 - 4' 11

Brodmann PE 150 - 4' 11"

The Brodmann PE 150 is the smallest of the Brodmann grand pianos. This baby grand sounds and feels like a piano many times its size. When you play this model, y... Learn More
Brodmann PE 162 - 5' 4

Brodmann PE 162 - 5' 4"

The Brodmann PE 162 is designed for the home or venue that requires a powerful projection and a balanced touch. The PE 162 fits the bill for exemplary performan... Learn More
Brodmann PE 187 - 6' 2

Brodmann PE 187 - 6' 2"

The Brodmann PE 187 is one of the most popular models in the Brodmann family of grand pianos. The features that distinguish this 6' 2" grand are the precision o... Learn More
Brodmann PE 212 - 7'

Brodmann PE 212 - 7'

The Brodmann PE 212 is a prime example of the finest Viennese scale design in its price category in the piano industry. By combining Joseph Brodmann's innovatio... Learn More
Brodmann PE 228 - 7' 5

Brodmann PE 228 - 7' 5"

he Brodmann PE 228 is said to be THE finest semi-concert grand in this category available today. The Brodmann Viennese scale design is on display as it demonstr... Learn More
Brodmann PE 118V - 46

Brodmann PE 118V - 46"

The PE 118V 46" upright piano delivers a powerful tone and very controlled touch. The new carbon fiber action is stable, responsive and durable. Fashionable fin... Learn More
Brodmann PE 124V - 48

Brodmann PE 124V - 48"

The PE 124V 48" upright piano is the one preferred by professionals. The PE 124V performs comparably to grand pianos with the new durable, responsive and stable... Learn More
Brodmann PE 132V - 52

Brodmann PE 132V - 52"

The PE 132V 52" upright piano highlights Brodmann's innovative philosophy. The new carbon fiber action is durable, responsive and stable. Fashionable finish des... Learn More
Brodmann PE 187V - 6

Brodmann PE 187V - 6" 2

The 6' 2" PE 187V is the one selected more than any other grand piano. It is preferred for both private and professional teaching at music schools and conservat... Learn More
Brodmann CE 148 - 4' 10

Brodmann CE 148 - 4' 10"

The Brodmann CE 148 was fashioned for the home. Even though this is a small baby grand, it performs like a much larger piano. The touch and tone of this model i... Learn More
Brodmann CE 175 - 5' 9

Brodmann CE 175 - 5' 9"

The Brodmann CE 175 fulfills the needs of any home or smaller institution that need a full-bodied sound within budget. With precise musical specifications in mi... Learn More