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Bluthner Piano Company

Excerpt from Pianos and their Makers
by Alfred Dolge

A most remarkable success, achieved in a comparatively short time, assures Julius Bluthner a prominent place in history. Born March 11th 1824, at Falkenhain, he learned his trade with HoIling & Spangenberg of Zeitz, and studied under Alexander Bretschneider, the renowned builder of grand pianos, at Leipsic, until 1853, when he started in business on his own account. Handicapped by lack of a broader education, Bluthner had to dig his way to prominence. He was fortunate in the possession of a highly developed sense of hearing, and it is said that in later years no one in his extensive establishment could " voice" a piano so accurately as he.
Ambitious to contribute something more to his art than mere industrial activity, Bluthner made many experiments to improve the piano. In order to enhance the volume and singing quality of tone in the upper octaves, he revived Hans Ruckers' fourth string system, calling his device the" Aliquot System." He also invented a grand action. Calling to his aid able young men of literary ability, Bluthner used printer's ink to great advantage and his fine instruments soon found a market in all quarters of the globe, so that his production in 1882 had risen to an annual output of 1200 grand and 1800 upright pianos. Bluthner published, in conjunction with Gretschel, a treatise on piano making, of which several editions have been sold. The King of Saxony honored him with the appointment of Privy Counselor of Commerce, and he also received decorations from his King, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He died at Leipsic in 1910 in his eighty-seventh year.

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