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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Gear report: Bosendorfer Model 170 CS



Jul 19th, 2015 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Took the plunge and bought a new Bosendorfer 170 CS. If you're not familiar with Bosendorfer, it's a respected German brand a Giant Japanese Company bought a couple years ago.

The 170 is their "parlor grand", one meant for conservatory use. It's a baby grand and costs about the same as a Porsche 911.

Most pianists know Steinway. Fewer know about Bosies, which to me sound much much better. My wife is convinced that many classical players under contract to Steinways actually play Bosies in the studio. To my ear the Bosie has a cleaner, more intimate sound.

I tried every one in a large room full of them and this one sounded the best by far. It's a 6 footer but I liked it better than any of the others, including the Imperial, which is the price of a house. The wife agreed, and she didn't know which ones I was playing, so it was a sort of blindfold test.

I like it for everything: jazz, baroque, folk.

This is more a rock-oriented audience, so I'll mention that the lower register is a BEAST. You know how the P-bass pretty much owns rock bass for its pure, aggressive, crystalline sound? Most pianos don't do so well at the very bottom but the 170 CS thoroughly rocks at both extremes. I have a rearrangement of a Bach song that simply exposes the bass by playing it solo for 8 measures, then repeating with the proper right hand. It sounds thrilling (thanks to Bach and the Bosie, not my playing).

Highly recommended. I know it's crazy expensive but if you're in the mood to buy a piano and you're investigating Steinways, you owe it to yourself to check out Bosendorfer.

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Too Much GAS
Jul 19th, 2015 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bosendorfers are monsters. I played one of the big ones once. I don't remember which model it was. All I remember was the price tag. $380,000 at that time. I was afraid I was going to drool on it. What an incredible piece of engineering it was.

I have a Bosendorfer 290 sample library for my piano and that's as close as I'm ever going to get.

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 06:07 PM, Jul 19th, 2015)

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Black Diamond Sugar Babies
Oct 9th, 2015 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

WOW! Talk about a gear purchase! Congratulations on a decision of a lifetime. I can only imagine how magnificent it sounds. I have a lowly 5'1" Baby Grand from the 1920s, yet people can't believe how much better it sounds than their Wurlitzer Spinet, or whatever. Multiply that by 1000 or so, and I imagine we have your sound....

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