THE SOUND OF EUROPE
Represented as the mid-range of the C.Bechstein piano family, W.Hoffmann pianos are a sister brand to the mighty German manufacturers and with them, deliver an iconic level of precision and a sense for perfection in mind.
W.Hoffmann pianos was founded in 1904 in Berlin by Wilhelmine Sophia Friederike Hoffmann and later purchased by C.Bechstein. This fusion of heritage and C.Bechstein’s quest for perfection has left W.Hoffmann in an incredibly unique place, offering an exceptional range that neither compromises on either quality or tonality at a more modest price point than their German counterparts.
All W.Hoffmann pianos are built in their Czech factory in Hradec Králové. The result is a truly ostentatious instrument that exudes exquisite taste and sound design wherever it touches.
Each of the key W.Hoffmann ranges include a number of upright and grand models. Starting with the Vision series, the Traditional series and the Professional series, all of which differ in subtle nuances to help maximise expression and personality in these incredible instruments that are inherently characteristic of European pianos.
The Vision line represents the starting point of W.Hoffmann lineup and as the name implies, is designed at helping those with a passion for piano unleash their true vision and expression.
A large proportion of European components also find their way into these Vision pianos. The piano bridge and hammers are all made in Germany by C. Bechstein, and the massive pinewood used for the case is sourced in Europe. In addition to this, the stringing is done in-house at the Czech factory, the result has made the Vision series incredibly versatile in terms of its play style, offering warmth yet sensitivity with every touch.
The Tradition line of W.Hoffmann pianos are the mid-point in the brand's prestigious lineup, but offer something particularly unique. Moving from the Vision line of instruments, there is a vivid difference in performance with the Tradition line.
Enhanced production goes into these instruments, with every component for a Tradition line piano being sourced in Europe, making the warmth and tone of these instruments incredibly romantic and ideally suited for classical play.
This deliberate approach to material selection and traditional production gives W.Hoffmann Tradition pianos an impeccable tonal colouration; a more cohesive bass-region of the piano combines with stronger overtone content in the treble-region to vastly improve the range of tonal characteristics, as well as a modest improvement in dynamic range.
The Professional line of pianos from W.Hoffmann sits at the very top of the catalogue and yields no compromise in quality. Built over the course of five to six months, these pianos are built with the same quality of parts you would find in C. Bechstein’s Academy pianos, giving the end user a concert-optimised piano with incredible richness and poise.
Mysterious, dark music sits beautifully on these instruments (from the likes of Ravel, Debussy, or Scriabin) and the care given by the 160-strong work force in Hradec Králové provides a long-term musical companion of incredible sensitivity and expressivity.
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