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Bosendorfer 290 Imperial (9'6'')-SOLD

The Imperial Concert Grand piano is one of the most highly regarded pianos in the world. It is the Rolls Royce of pianos. This piano was owned by Meany Hall at UW and was used on rare occasion for concerts. It was in storage most of the time. Concert Pianist Garrick Ohlsson played this Imperial and loved it! It was later purchased by a local family and was meticulously cared for.

The Imperial is set apart from all other concert grands in a number of ways. Aside from the meticulous craftsmanship which is obvious visually, mechanically and sonically, the piano has 9 extra keys in the bass going down to low C below the regular low A on other pianos. This came about over a century ago by a suggestion by composer Ferruccio Busoni who transcribed large organ works of Bach for the piano and needed the extra low bass notes. Other composers also have written music to take advantage of the deep low notes offered only on the Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand.

The 9'6" 290 Imperial also has an exceptionally wide tail which is accommodated by the rim which is in sections as pianos were made in the 1800’s instead of the more typical continuous rim found in pianos today. Built in Austria 1980.

There are 2 benefits to the extra notes on the Imperial Concert Grand Piano

1. When depressing the damper pedal, the extremely long strings in the bass add to the sympathetic resonance enriching the tone of all the notes of the piano.
2. The massive soundboard has extra area which adds to the richness of the sound.

About 15 years ago the following work was done: New Strings, Hammers and Pins purchased from Bosendorfer.

This piano was lovingly presided over through the years keeping everything in top-notch condition. Recently had concert level regulation and voicing. The instrument has a warm sound with the trademark clarity found in the best Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos. Finding an Imperial in great condition provides a rare opportunity for someone who desires the best of the best in a piano.


This piano comes with Northwest Pianos 5 year parts and labor warranty.

It includes:

  • Free local standard delivery
  • Artist Bench with Leather Top
  • 1 complimentary tuning by our Concert Level Technician, Bob Dillinger
  • 100% lifetime trade-up guarantee