Baldwin Upright & Grand Pianos
The company got its start in 1862, when beloved Cincinnati-based piano teacher Dwight Hamilton Baldwin launched a Decker Brothers piano dealership. In 1866, he hired Lucien Wulsin as a clerk, and the two eventually became partners in the venture, at the time named D.H. Baldwin & Company.
The most important aspect of technology in Baldwin pianos is their scale design. The scale design is the “recipe” for the piano that consists of the materials used and all specifications, including the exact shape of the sound boards, the placement of the bridges and ribs, the length of the strings and the thickness of the rims and bracing. But it doesn’t stop there. The Accu-just hitchpins and Synchro-tone bass strings used on Artist Grands are also important Baldwin innovations.
Fans of Baldwin pianos love the big “American” sound of the instruments, particularly in the bass area, and the clear “bell-like” quality in the high treble end. Today Baldwin pianos are owned and operated by Gibson, one of the most recognizable names in music. Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is determined to bring the same success to Baldwin since its acquisition of the company in 2001. Using top quality materials from Europe and America, the Baldwin piano is shocking the world again with its quality and tone.
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Baldwin Upright Pianos
All Baldwin uprights use only the highest quaility materials. Their Mapes or Roslau strings boast a longer speaker length for the breed, enabling a deep bass and rich tone, enhanced by the purity and balance of 100% virgin wool hammers. Also, Baldwin uses many of the same premium tonewoods and top-flight components that are employed in its top-of-the-line professional pianos, including a spruce soundboard, solid two-ply beech and hard-maple bridge, spruce ribs and back frame, and 19-ply laminated hard maple pinblock. Furthermore, Baldwin’s Full Blow™ Direct Action contributes to a superior feel and response, for an extremely expressive playing experience.
Baldwin builds 7 upright models in the Gibson-owned factory: BP1, BP3, BP5, B243, B442, B342, and the B252
The BP1 follows the acclaimed Baldwin Scale Design, a precise “recipe” to determine optimum shape of sounding area, placement of bridges and strike points, to produce optimum tone and balance all across the frequency range.
In addition to its elegant looks, the BP3 benefits from the dimensions and design required to produce outstanding tone. With its 124cm height, this relatively compact vertical piano accommodates a larger soundboard than most of its breed, for a full, powerful sound.
With its timeless elegance and versatile sound and performance, Baldwin’s BP5 is the perfect piano for situations that require vertical dimensions, but desire grand-like tone. The new BP5 boasts nearly as much soundboard area as Baldwin’s celebrated R1 grand, to provide maximum tonal depth with vertical convenience, while looking great in the process in classic high-polish Ebony or Rosewood finish.
Quality, efficiency and perfect performance meet head-on in this distinct studio upright. Rarely do you see such a combination of playability and durability, designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s versatile pianists. First introduced in 1939, the Baldwin B243 models are the company’s best-selling of all-time, with nearly 500,000 units sold worldwide. The multi-ply pinblock is a variation of the one from Baldwin’s legendary concert grand pianos, and is constructed from premium hard rock maple to deliver unmatched tuning stability.
If you’re looking for the voice of a concert grand in a smaller body then look no further than Baldwin’s classic B252. The B252 is modeled after Baldwin’s largest vertical piano, and provides as much total soundboard area as Baldwin celebrated R1 grand piano. This piano features a special design that supports longer bass strings, which are more common in taller uprights and produce a rich and very resonant tone normally associated with a grand piano.
Baldwin Grand Pianos
Any time you buy a Baldwin grand piano you expect a beautiful and classic cabinet design along with warm tone and exceptionally responsive action. To ensure integrity, each part of our grands are carefully chosen for its uniformity and performance. The soundboard and rib material are made from solid Alaskan Sitka spruce, while the bridge is made from hard maple and precision notched by hand. Each key is crafted of solid Alaskan Sitka spruce with ebony wood sharp keys, and individually weighted for the most responsive action possible. Abel German hammers sound high- quality Roslau strings, and a 17-ply hard maple pin block offers a lifetime of precision performance. The three traditional pedals – soft, sustain and sostenuto – are constructed of solid brass, and the fallboard utilizes a slow-close mechanism for a smooth, sure motion when in use. This makes it easier and safer for younger players.
Baldwin builds 6 Grand models in the Parson’s Music factory: BP148, BP152, BP165, BP178, BP190, and the BP211
Baldwin’s new Professional Series has a piano for all budgets and every requirement, and the BP148 makes a great case in point. If you always wanted a genuine grand piano of unparalleled Baldwin quality but thought you didn’t quite have the space to accommodate one, the new BP148 just might be the answer to your dreams. At exactly 4’10”, the BP148 is one of the smallest grand pianos in its class, but its compact dimensions never equate to a downsized sound. This diminutive grand easily delivers the full, rich tone you’d expect from a full- sized instrument and retains the impressive presence and prestige of having a legendary Baldwin grand piano in your living space.
Baldwin’s new Professional Series has a piano for every requirement – and budget – and the BP152 is no exception. If space is at a premium but you still demand world-class tone and design, the Baldwin BP152 fits the bill perfectly. At exactly 5’0″, the BP152 is one of the smallest grand pianos in its class, but its compact dimensions never equate to a downsized sound. This grand easily delivers the sweet, singing tone you’d expect from a much larger instrument and retains the full presence and prestige of having a legendary Baldwin grand piano in your living space.
Baldwin’s new Professional Series has a superb sounding grand piano to suit every budget and every room. The BP165 is a small to mid-sized grand styled to fit where a larger grand might overwhelm the space, while being equipped to deliver world-class tone in the process. At 5’5″ in length, the BP165 is easily at home in a room where a full-sized grand just won’t work, but its more compact dimensions never equate to a diminutive sound. This grand easily delivers the sweet, singing tone you’d expect from a much larger instrument, while retaining the full visual impact of having a legendary Baldwin grand piano in your living space.
With a range that caters to every requirements, Baldwin’s Professional Series has a high-quality grand piano for precisely your budget, your room and your musical needs. The BP178 is toward the mid-sized range of grand pianos, making it perfect where a full, rich tone is desired, but a larger, full sized grand might cramp your room. At 5’10” in length, the BP178 projects the full grandure of a full-sized piano, while being right at home in your more restricted livingroom, music room or studio. And, being a Baldwin Professional Series, its slightly scaled-down dimensions never equate to a constricted sound. This grand easily delivers the sweet, singing tone you’d expect from a much larger instrument, while retaining the full visual impact of having a legendary Baldwin grand piano in your living space.
Baldwin’s new Professional Series has a superb sounding grand piano to suit every budget and every room. The BP190 is an impressive mid-sized grand styled to fit where a full-sized grand might feel a little cramped, while still being equipped to deliver uncompromising world-class Baldwin tone in the process. At 6’3″ in length, the BP190 becomes the focal point of a medium-size room, while still maintaining full visual weight and presence in a larger space, all the while delivering a sound worthy of the largest grand. This piano easily delivers the full, rich tone you’d expect from a much larger instrument, and retains the full presence and prestige of having a legendary Baldwin grand piano in your living space.