Neo-Bechstein Electric Grand Piano For Sale with a Mahogany Case
A Neo-Bechstein electric grand piano with a mahogany case.
At the early part of the 20th century, the invention and consequent sales of the radio and record player had popularised the passive enjoyment of music. By the 1930's, sales for acoustic grand pianos had dropped by almost 93%. The Neo-Bechstein was initially developed in an attempt to combat falling piano sales. In 1929, Bechstein alongside the Nobel Prize Holder Professor Nernst, Siemens and Telefunken pioneered the construction of a home entertainment system incorporating the first electric grand piano, radio, record player and amplifier. The Neo-Bechstein was born. This instrument allowed the pianist to play alone or accompany the built-in tube radio (Telefunken 121w or Siemens BW22) or the record player (Telefunken Arcofar T1000).
The Neo-Bechstein incorporates many pioneering inventions and features the first electromagnetic pick-up. Developed by Prof. Nernst, every five notes share one pick-up. The standard hammer action of an acoustic piano was too powerful and so had to be altered. Professor Nernst and his assistant Mr Driescher developed "micro-hammers", a smaller version of the usual hammer. This smaller vibration was picked-up and sent to the loudspeaker. The first electric piano was born.
Research and development of the Neo-Bechstein had cost Bechstein 500.000 Reichsmark. In 1931, this instrument hit the market at the low price of 2.800 Reichsmark. In comparison, the smallest acoustic Bechstein grand was 3.500 Reichsmark.
A handful of Neo-Bechsteins were sold worldwide, ten to the New York Radio Hall, a few to Great Britain, even some to Japan, then sales dropped like a stone.
Come the latter part of 1932, only 6 Neo-Bechsteins were sold and in 1933 the last Neo-Bechstein left the factory.
The new electric piano was "dead". In total, Bechstein made about 150 Neo-Bechsteins.
To prevent the company from going out of business, it received financial aid from the government. Bechstein sold the
patent for this piano to another piano company called Petrof, who built another ten
Neo-Petrof before they also realised that this piano was unsellable.
The problem with this new piano was its new, unknown sound, and specialist handling. Volume was increased by pressing the left pedal, however it also altered the tone of the piano. At lowest volume it is reminiscent of a spinet. With more volume an electric piano. However at full pelt it sounds like a rock guitar.
You could say the Neo-Bechstein appeared 30 years before its time. Its unique tone would have been more at home in the 1950's or 1960's.
In 1932, this piano ( serial number:138994 ) was delivered as one of six Neo-Bechsteins to a Bechstein Dealer in the City of Breslau. The Box and record
player bears the serial number of another Neo-Bechstein. It is likely they were delivered to Breslau at the same time.
The piano and the box were then sold by a second hand piano dealer, Max Porth, in Berlin before the WWII. This Neo-Bechstein
and the box were recovered in a radio and television shop in east Berlin in 2013 under a huge amount of cardboard boxes.
Today, only 22 Neo-Bechstein pianos are known to exist worldwide and of those, only three are fully functional. One is in the Technical Museum of Vienna, another in the Musical Museum in Prague and this is the third. This Neo-Bechstein has been fully restored, it is 83 years old and still is complete with record player and loudspeaker.
The Neo-Bechstein record player sits at the top of the loudspeaker and has closeable doors
The Neo-Bechstein radio sits within the piano cabinet
The Neo-Bechstein radio sits within the piano cabinet
Neo-Bechstein the first electric grand piano
Neo-Bechstein serial number
Neo-Bechstein electric piano action
Neo-Bechstein the first electric piano. Every five notes share one pick-up
Neo-Bechstein valve detail
Neo-Bechstein. Every five notes share one pick-up
Neo-Bechstein piano leg
This piano comes with a free piano stool:
Free Standard, Piano Stool PRICE: FREE
Piano Stool Upgrades:
Adjustable, Real Leather, Concert Piano Stool - Available in black and brown PRICE: £350.00 + VAT
Bespoke, Adjustable Piano Stool - Available in different finishes and leg styles - This is an example of a burr walnut finish PRICE: £1000.00 + VAT
Add To Your Order: Grand Piano Carpet
This grand piano carpet is specially designed to protect your grand piano from rising hot air produced from underfloor heating. Also provides excellent damp resistance. Reduces noise levels. Reduces the need for castor cups. Available in black in 9 lengths from 5ft to 9ft
5ft - £385.00
5ft 6in - £395.00
6ft - £405.00
6ft 6in - £415.00
7ft - £425.00
7ft 6in - £435.00
8ft - £445.00
8ft 6in - £455.00
9ft - £465.00
Add To Your Order: Castor Cups in Black, Beech, Laurel or Rubber
Castor cup. Sold individually. Available in 45 mm, 70 mm and 100 mm diameters in either black, beech, laurel or rubber
45mm - £7.25
70mm - £8.75
100mm - £12.25
Add To Your Order: Castor Cups in Chrome or Brass
Castor cup. Sold individually. Available in 40 mm and 80 mm diameters in either chrome or brass
40mm - £18.25
80mm - £33.25
Add To Your Order: Castor Cups in Glass
Castor cup. Sold individually. Available in 55 mm in glass. This cup will raise the piano by approximately 2.5 cm
55mm - £18.25
Add To Your Order: Nylon Proofed Grand Piano Cover
Nylon proofed grand piano cover made from 4 oz PU coated nylon with a water repellent finish. Available in black only
Up to 6ft 6in - £109.00
Over 6ft 6in - £129.00
Add To Your Order: Basic Cotton Grand Piano Cover
Basic cotton grand piano cover. This cover acts as a dust cover only. Skirt length is 18 inches. Available in black, conker brown and olive green
Up to 6ft 6in - £119.00
Over 6ft 6in - £134.00
Add To Your Order: Vinyl Fleece Lined Grand Piano Cover
Vinyl fleece lined grand piano cover made from leather-look vinyl with a soft fleece lining. Perfect protection for your piano. Wipe clean. Available with or without D Rings in black and brown
Up to 6ft 6in - £194.00
Over 6ft 6in - £214.00
Upto 6ft 6in + D rings - £214.00
Over 6ft 6in + D rings - £234.00
Add To Your Order: Heavy Cotton Proofed Grand Piano Cover and Fleece Lining
Heavy cotton proofed grand piano cover with bonded protective fleece lining. Ideal for home use. Skirt length is 18 inches. Available in black and tan
Up to 6ft 6in - £234.00
Over 6ft 6in - £264.00
Upto 6ft 6in + D rings - £259.00
Over 6ft 6in + D rings - £289.00
Add To Your Order: Quilted Grand Piano Cover with Fleece Lining
Quilted grand piano cover. PU coated outer, compressed needle polyester wadding in the centre and protective fleece lining. The fabrics are quilted together with a 3 inch quilting line and an overall thickness of 10mm. Skirt length is 18 inches. Available in black, blue, brown and green
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