November 1853 One of the best known piano makers of that time was
Breitkopf & Hartel, still known today as a prominent music publisher.
These were strong reasons for Julius Bluthner to start his piano making in
Leipzig after having spent several years wandering from one piano maker to
another to improve on his knowledge of the craft. In November 1853 he
began with three men and his instruments found immediate acclaim
among the musical bourgeoisie. Julius Bluthner founded 1853 in Leipzig,
the Bluthner name has an enviable reputation for over 140 years and
in the opinion of many world famous artists and musical connoisseurs
has reached the pinnacle of perfection. It was also essential to furnish
instruments to the Royal Courts of many European countries, among which were the
German Kaiser, Queen Victoria, the Russian Tsar, the Danish King, the Turkish
Sultan and of course the King of Saxony. Bluthner pianos are appreciated
particularly for their warm, rich tone and superior craftsmanship, which has
been confirmed time and again by professional and international opinion.
Their reputation is built upon a long tradition of careful manufacturing
and particular attention to soundboard design.
Thanks to European Luxury Pianos for the write up
Video - Bluthner 1890's Upright Piano Playing Chopin Black Key Etude