European Sound Tradition

More and more people these days are turning away from the traditional bright harsh sounding pianos which have become the standard tonal sound of pianos produced for the last 25 years. The secret of the Brodmann pianos lies in the fact that they are a European designed piano, using European parts in the key areas of sound production, i.e. soundboards, hammers and strings


Joseph Brodmann was a well-known piano maker in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Ignaz Bösendorfer apprenticed in Brodmann’s workshop and eventually took it over, producing the first Bösendorfer pianos there.

Koichi Kawai

Shigeru Kawai

Currently, there are three lines of Brodmann pianos. The Professional Edition (PE) pianos, are designed in Vienna and use European components such as Strunz soundboards, Abel hammers, Röslau strings, and Langer-designed (Chinese) actions (Renner in the model 228 grand). Several vertical models use carbon-fiber action parts, for greater uniformity and dimensional stability. For quality control, Brodmann has its own employees from Europe working in the factory. The scale design of the 6' 2" model PE 187 is said to be similar to that of a Steinway model A and is often singled out for praise.

Hirotaka Kawai

The Conservatory Edition (CE), for the more price-conscious buyer, is also made from parts sourced globally, and receives Brodmann quality control. Brodmann's mission is to produce a piano with high-end performance characteristics at an affordable price by using European components in key areas, strict quality control, and manufacturing in countries with favorable labor rates. Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.

Grand Piano Model:

• PE 187 Strauss 4'11"

Upright Piano Model:

• PE 121 47"

The Artist Series (AS) models, introduced in 2011 and available only in the larger grand sizes (including a concert grand) and the largest upright size, are based on German scale designs. They are partially made in China, then shipped to the Wilh. Steinberg factory (also owned by Parsons Music), in Eisenberg, Germany, where the Röslau strings and Renner actions are installed, and all musical finishing work is performed by German artisans. The rim is made of maple; the soundboard, ribs, and pinblock are from Bolduc, in Canada; and the piano uses a Renner action, Kluge keyboard, and Renner hammers.