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900 Visitors to Open House

Despite the onset of winter the previous night and the stormy west wind, over 900 visitors from Wiener Neustadt and the surrounding districts came to the Bösendorfer factory for its open house this past Saturday (22.11.).

Numerous guests in the assembly room at the Bösendorfer factory in Wr. Neustadt (image: Felix Löchner)

Numerous guests in the assembly room at the Bösendorfer factory in Wr. Neustadt (image: Felix Löchner)

Visitors paying particular attention to the explanations of Mr. Erich Weiguni in the intonation room (image: Felix Löchner)

Visitors paying particular attention to the explanations of Mr. Erich Weiguni in the intonation room (image: Felix Löchner)

Visitors were continually amazed at the Bösendorfer outstanding craftsmanship and the love of detail (image: Andreas Elgert)

Visitors were continually amazed at the Bösendorfer outstanding craftsmanship and the love of detail (image: Andreas Elgert)

The youngest guests took delight in painting "Bösendorfer grand pianos" (image: Felix Löchner)

The youngest guests took delight in painting "Bösendorfer grand pianos" (image: Felix Löchner)

Presentations of CEUS, the current state of the art in computerized pianos, elicited particular enthusiasm. (image: Thomas Hatzl)

Presentations of CEUS, the current state of the art in computerized pianos, elicited particular enthusiasm. (image: Thomas Hatzl)

Numerous gusts are listening to the remarks on the Bösendorfer cast iron frame. (image: Thomas Hatzl)

Numerous gusts are listening to the remarks on the Bösendorfer cast iron frame. (image: Thomas Hatzl)

Proud daddy is taking a photo of his son with the Bösendorfer Grand Piano for the family album. (image: Ursula Schmitz)

Proud daddy is taking a photo of his son with the Bösendorfer Grand Piano for the family album. (image: Ursula Schmitz)

Bösendorfer opened the factory gates for the company’s 180th anniversary, and personnel showed and explained—on a normally work-free Saturday—to extremely interested visitors the pleasure they take in the numerous production steps that are necessary for a Bösendorfer grand piano to “come into being.” The actively visited factory tours ranged from the purchase and storage of the resonating wood through to the voicing and tuning of the finished concert grand. Visitors were continually amazed at the outstanding craftsmanship and the love of detail that distinguish every Bösendorfer piano.

Presentations of CEUS, the current state of the art in computerized pianos, elicited particular enthusiasm: practical demonstrations by the artists Albert Frantz, Joe Meixner and Matthias Soucek showed visitors the CEUS’s high recording and playback quality, which makes it possible to play back the interpretations authentically, in all their emotional intensity.

In the practice studio prepared for the occasion, music students had the opportunity to play a Model 214; for most of them it was the first time they were able to play a Bösendorfer, and the young musicians (the youngest was six years old) were accordingly enthusiastic.

Bösendorfer’s “Open House” was a societal and cultural event for the popular school and shopping city. It was also a great day for Bösendorfer’s personnel, who may rest assured that they are part of a wonderful environment which on this Saturday did not spare its praise and recognition for their work.