Bösendorfer Debuts the Dragonfly Grand Piano: The Ultimate in Austrian Art, Music and Craftsmanship

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Limited-run piano features intricate marquetry artwork inspired by Viennese palace gardenscapes

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“There is an increased demand for customized pianos, and the Dragonfly piano is one of the finest ever created,” said Paul Calvin, VP/general manager, Keyboard division, Yamaha Corporation of America.

The new Dragonfly grand piano is the fourth in a series of special edition marquetry pianos from Bösendorfer, the premier manufacturer of unique, handcrafted, special design instruments. Limited to 18 Model 200 grand pianos, each has an individually numbered brass plaque.

In keeping with the Viennese tradition of incorporating art into the craft of piano-making, the unique dragonfly design on the inside of the lid recreates a beautiful scene from nature, and elevates the world-class acoustic piano into a stunning collector's item.

The design motif was inspired by the gardens at Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of Empress Maria Theresa and her husband, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, and is created by using the traditional sand shading technique on the colored wood. Veneers used within the marquetry inlay include tulip wood, English and American burr walnut, birds eye maple, ripple sycamore, myrtle burr, silky oak, and eucalyptus.

Features include an independent Capo d'Astro that allows for perfect adjustment in the descant registry, hand-spun Bösendorfer bass strings, single stringing and three pedals. The instrument's body is crafted from Austrian spruce resonance wood.

"There is an increased demand for customized pianos, and the Dragonfly piano is one of the finest ever created," said Paul Calvin, VP/general manager, Keyboard division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "When making a financial investment in a piano, people want an instrument that also makes a design statement in their homes, and they want it to be unique."

Pricing and Availability
The Bösendorfer Dragonfly Limited Edition Model Grand Piano (MSRP: $199,999), will ship in January 2018.

For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2018 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 25-28, 2018, or http://4wrd.it/Bosendorfer

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About Bösendorfer
Bösendorfer was founded in 1828 in Vienna, Austria and has been the instrument of choice for many of the world's most famous artists and composers. This limited production, handcrafted instrument remains one of the most sought-after instruments for musicians, institutions, and piano enthusiasts worldwide.

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