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I just played a 1925 Grotrian Steinweg at a dealer, and I pretty much connected with it. I have played a more recent (and way more expensive) Grotrian grand one time before, and I loved that one even more, so.. I guess I like Grotrian grands.

But this one was nice, I loved the sound, and I quite liked the action as well, it played nice. I didn't even really look at the size, I think it was a 160cm model or something like that.

A few (amateur) observations:

- It had a great and long sustain, it was just lovely to let the notes sustain and listen to it. So..... grand like, just lovely
- It did not sound too loud. I actually like this, as I live in a townhouse, but I wonder if it's really a good thing or not? Maybe it should be louder? I think it still had a good dynamic range, but not as wide as a steinway B grand I compared it to, but that one was also 10 times as expensive. There were a couple of grands and that Steinway action felt the best to me as well, amazing piano. Back to the grotrian, I found the action well controllable and I could play soft on it easily. Not as good and crisp and like new as the steinway, but good. I liked it. Amazing how different actions can feel on different piano's. It feels like it's a totally different mechanism to me, when I compare different piano's.
- I didn't pay much attention to the looks, but it just looked good to me, only the keys were a bit yellow. The grand is build in 1925 but still had a pretty modern appearance.
- the bass didn't sound too "bassy", kinda hard to describe, but the lower notes were just low, it didn't really make you feel the bass, like for example a subwoofer can. But, I did not mind this, I just found the sound overall very enjoyable. A couple of other grands I tried sounded more "bassy" in the bass in comparison.

The dealer said it was restored about 20 years ago, but not by them.

I have been at this dealer before, and from those earlier times my experience was the piano's were not always in the best shape, but this time the grands I tried seemed to be in good shape. They played and sounded good.

Now the most important aspect that makes it interesting for me, it was not very expensive. I don't know what I could get it for exactly, but the first shop owner I asked said about €4900, but then another person said it was up for bidding starting at €3500.

Right now I own a 1986 yamaha u3. So i'm thinking maybe I could replace it with this nice grotrian, but.. of course it's much older. I know by now that if i'm really interested, I should have it checked out by an independed technician. But even then, would it be a bad idea to buy a piano of this age?

I think I would just enjoy a piano like this much more than my u3, even though I like my u3, it's a good piano, but the idea of a grand just always is in my mind, and I seem to love the grotrian sound.

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I think it looked like this one, I looked this up from youtube and it's also from 1925.


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I'm not experienced enough to offer valuable input, but I do like the sound and the playing of the video you shared even if it is not the same exact piano.

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With the usual caveat - get an independent inspection of any used piano by a qualified technician before buying - I'd say, "GO FOR IT". I'm not an expert on pricing, and we don't know where you live, so I can't comment on the price. Sound is a matter of taste. Me, I prefer the Grotrian-Steinweg to Yamaha in general. As to the older GS vs the newer one, what you write could well be the case. I really liked an old Bluthner that I played in a concert in Waldkirch a lot better than the new ones I've played. The sound was "warmer", sustained better.

Good luck whatever you decide to do.


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Thanks Seeker.

I think it was actually a 185cm model, not a 160. I live in the Netherlands.

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It's a good piano with a light easy to control action. Good treble sustain. If you like it, get it.

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- "It had a great and long sustain, it was just lovely to let the notes sustain and listen to it. So..... grand like, just lovely"
- "It did not sound too loud."

Just like my antique Bluthner, which I love. It all sounds good. Get it checked out, and if you really like it, buy it.

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Hope it works out for you —- indeed, it could really be a joy to play


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