The Pleyel Tone

The Pleyels we rebuild are from the early twentieth century. The sound of the early twentieth century Pleyel piano is best described as bright and dark. It is a cross between a Bosendorfer and a Bechstein, whilst, in our opinion, exceeding either make in terms of beauty of tone. That the Pleyel should sound like a hybrid of these two other well-known makes may be no coincidence – the founder of Pleyel was an Austrian immigrant to Paris and Friedrich Wilhelm Carl Bechstein studied piano building with the Pleyel firm for two years before later founding C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik. Pleyel pianos are designed very differently to pianos following the Steinway school, where duplex scaling is cen

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