Original Piano Maker(s)Joseph Brodmann (1771-1848)
Date Establishedc. Late 1700s/Early 1800s
Original Location(s)Vienna, Austria
Benefits & Features
- Designed in the Viennese, European sound tradition
- Offered in three tiers: The Conservatory Edition, The Professional Edition, and The Artist Series
- Many models with top quality European parts:
- Austrian white (slow growth) spruce soundboard and ribs from Strunz (for sustain, power and overtones);
- Viennese-designed Langer action (for a smooth touch with fast repetition);
- Röslau strings; and
- German-made Abel hammers (for greater dynamic expression)
- Wide selection of models, both grands and uprights
- 1800 — Brodmann listed in the Lexicon of Musicians as 'Instrument Maker.'
- 1813 — Carl Maria von Weber purchased a Brodmann grand piano.
- 1828 — Brodmann retired, giving his company to Bösendorfer; "inscriptions on Bösendorfer pianos of that year note that he was 'Brodmann’s pupil' or that the firm was 'formerly Brodmann.'"
Innovation(s) / Patent(s)
- c. 1800 — Awarded patent for improvement of the instrument querflügel.
- 1825 — Awarded patent for the triple-laminated soundboard.