Bösendorfer 290 Imperial







The Italian composer, conductor and pianist Ferruccio Busoni meticulously transcribes the famous organ works of J.S. Bach. He soon realises that he requires additional bass notes in order to do Bach’s masterpieces and the immersive sound of 16 to 32 feet bass pipes found in an organ justice. Ludwig Bösendorfer is ready to take on the challenge and builds the first prototype having full 8 octaves in tonal range. Not only Busoni starts to appreciate the exceptional qualities of the – later coined – Imperial Concert Grand: Bartók, Debussy and Ravel compose further works to exploit the tremendous resonance of this very instrument. These oeuvres can only played and interpreted as they were meant to on this Concert Grand. Evoking an extraordinary sound – sonorous and rich in expression and resonance – the timbre of the Imperial Grand seems to be orchestral. The additional deeper bass notes resonate with every key you strike and the massive soundboard supports the projection of any frequency. Ludwig Bösendorfer’s Imperial still to this day represents the precious heritage of the Bösendorfer piano manufactory. Impressive in sound, imposing in appearance.

Customer Reviews

I will try to add something unique to the excellent reviews already posted. My wife arranged for someone from Ruggero Piano to come to our house and evaluate a spinet she had inherited a number of years ago from her mother, who had had it for decades. Jay made a free house-call and spent over an hour with us. He was very patient and thorough. We already had an idea from another independent source that the the prognosis was not good. Jay confirmed that the instrument had reached the end of its useful life. (Spinet pianos are not being built anymore, and consoles are the closest to them in size.)

The next week we scheduled an appointment to visit the store to learn about the many options. Chris and Jay spent a lot of time with us and answered many questions. There was a refurbished Baldwin console, which was very handsome and very reasonably priced, and would have served us well. However, I spied a grand fitted with a player system. I was mesmerized as it played a Gershwin jazz piece. My wife plays and wants to practice to improve. Unfortunately, I never made it very far with piano lessons.

The bottom line is that we now have a beautiful Knabe five-foot grand with a QRS player system. We enjoy having it play classical, jazz, show tunes, … every day during dinner, when we have guests, and when we’re just relaxing. It’s an incredible home entertainment system and beautiful to look at, as well as an instrument that Caroline can enjoy playing. We are delighted with it and the quality service that Ruggero continues to provide. Richard and all the staff are a pleasure to deal with. (David is also going to help us convert the shell of the family spinet into a desk for Caroline.) What more can I say?! - Jack Brickley

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