PianoCraft is proud to offer the Brodmann piano line. Brodmann’s hand crafted pianos combined with PianoCraft’s unmatched approach to prep and service represent a level of performance and value previously thought impossible.
Brodmann pianos are full blooded singing instruments with impressive tonal and dynamic range. The similarity in design and feel to the Hamburg Steinway is regularly noticed by pianists and technicians alike and cannot be denied.
The incredible affordability of the Brodmanns should not overshadow the fact that these are first rate performance instruments. Time and time again, when being judged solely on performance, professional pianists have preferred the Brodmann pianos, even when compared with instruments costing 2, 3 and even 4 times as much!
Brodmann pianos feature German Strunz soundboards ( the same supplier used by Bluthner, Bösendorferr, and several other of the most expensive European pianos), German Abel hammers, a Brodmann Vienna action designed in partnership with Langer, UK using all wooden action parts, German Roslau strings, and American made Burkel pin blocks. Brodmann pianos are made in China under the direction and supervision of the superb Brodmann piano team.
Please contact PianoCraft to make an appointment to try these wonderful instruments.
PianoCraft offers the following Professional Edition Brodmann models:
Grand Piano Model PE 162 5’4”
Grand Piano Model PE 187 6’2”
Grand Piano Model PE 212 7’
Upright Piano Model PE 121 47.5”
Upright Piano Model PE 125 49”
The Joseph Brodmann Piano History
Joseph Brodmann, born in 1763 in Deuna/Eichsfeld (today Germany, Thüringen), was one of the first and best known piano designers and craftsman of his time. As a young man he came to Vienna and became the apprentice of the well known piano builder Frederick Hoffman. Vienna had already been established as the center of the musical world influenced by the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
In 1800, in the Lexicon of Musicians he was listed as “Joseph Brodmann – instrument maker, excelled in constructing horizontal fortepianos of solid finish“. In 1805 he was registered in the Court and State record department as an Organ and Piano maker.
Brodmann’s innovations in cabinet design made his instruments sought after not only by musicians, but also Vienna’s high society at the time. Examples of Brodmann pianos are still in working order in the piano collections of the Vienna Arts and Berlin Museums today.
Joseph Brodmann’s original address in Vienna was at no 43 Glacis, Josefstadt (8th District), later 226 Johannes Street, which is called today Lenau Street 10, where he also had his workshops.
Ignaz Bösendorfer studied in the workshop of Joseph Brodmann from the age of 19 years, where he finished his apprenticeship. From 1828 he took over Joseph Brodmann’s work-shops, and began to produce the world famous Bösendorfer Pianos
Now completely independent of Bösendorfer, Brodmann’s world headquarters is still located in Vienna, Austria, not far from the original factory and only five minutes away from the famous opera house and the historic old town. The city, with its musical history as well as the heritage of Joseph Brodmann and his pupil Ignaz Bösendorfer, continue to influence the way Brodmann pianos are built to this day.
Under the leadership of Christian Höferl, a former long time Director of Bösendorfer and Colin Taylor, a former Bösendorfer concert technician and manager, along with Bösendorfer’s former foreman of voicing and regulating along with the former head of quality control for Bösendorfer, the Brodmann company is comprised of a highly experience team whose aims are to produce the highest quality pianos at unbeatable prices.