A Brief History
Julius Blüthner was born in Falkenhain, Germany in 1824. Like many piano-makers he started his career as a cabinet-maker. In 1853, after training as an apprentice with Holling & Spangenburg in Zeitz, he set up on his own to build grand pianos.
After successfully exhibiting his pianos at the Industrial Exhibition in 1854, Julius had his pianos accepted by the Leipzig Conservatory of Music. Such was the quality of his instruments that demand increased from all over the world.
Growth continued and by 1864 there were 137 workers on the payroll. He developed the "Aliquot"-system was a novel idea, but did not noticeable add to the already fine tone of their trichordstrung instruments.
Most of his earlier grands were built with the well-known and unique "Blüthner patent" action. Demand continued to grow for Blüthner's grands and by 1900 he became the second largest manufacturer in Europe, building uprights as well. His over damper actions were regarded as less desirable than the more modern roller actions, and by 1919 Blüthner stopped making grands with the "patent" action altogether.
In 1910 Julius died, and his sons Max, Robert and Bruno took over the running of business, though demand was by then in decline.
During W.W.II the factory was completely destroyed, but the company was encouraged by the East German government to resume production, and for a time share many of its facilities with C Bechstein before opening new factories back in Leipzig, from where Blüthner produce fine instruments today.
This beautiful instrument is finally being restored back to its former beauty.
Dieses wunderschöne Instrument ist endlich zurück zu seiner ursprünglichen Schönheit restauriert worden.