Upright piano 50″ Made in Germany Satin brown oak. Beautiful rich tone Professional piano for all levels. Made in 1935. Fully reconditioned in 2010 15 years warranty. 2 free tunings
In The Piano Book by Larry Fine, the German-made August Förster piano receives the highest possible rating in the areas of performance, quality control, and confidence (Fine’s term for general durability). In his “Group 1: Highest Quality Performance Pianos” category, Fine ranks the modern August Förster piano as superior to such internationally respected instruments as C. Bechstein, Fazioli, Grotrian, and Steinway & Sons. In addition, Fine praises the modern Förster piano for its “remarkable bass,” and also comments on a particular “responsiveness” of the Renner action when observed in the Förster application.
Friedrich August Förster was born on July 30th, 1829 in Oberseifersdorf. After a 3 year apprenticeship he worked in a cabinet maker’s workshop during the revolution of 1848-49 where he repaired musical instruments in his leisure time. This turned out to be a decisive factor in his life. August Förster moved to Löbau and studied the fundamental principles of pianomaking with Mr. Hieke and Karl August Eule. In 1854, August Förster passed his exam as a pianomaker.
After years of work in different towns, full of good ideas he returned to his home in the region of the Oberlausitz.
On April 1st, 1859, August Förster established a small workshop in Löbau, where he made his first piano. In 1862 he established the first factory building in the suburbs of the town in today’s Jahn street. This factory has been developed into a modern plant during the last decades.
Upon the death of August Foerster in 1897, the management of the company was taken over by his son, Caesar Foerster. In 1900 he founded a branch factory in Georgswalde in Bohemia.
The Austro-Hungarian empire was an important market, but because of the high import duties that were imposed in 1886, sales to that area became very difficult. The establishment of the branch factory only a few kilometres across the border from Löbau provided the opportunity to circumvent the high duties and thus gain access to a large market.
In 1945, the Czech government nationalized the branch factory in Bohemia. To this day, pianos with the name August Foerster are being produced in the Czech Petroff factory. These pianos cannot be compared to the design and quality of the original and traditional AUGUST FOERSTER pianos made in Löbau.
After the early death of Caesar Foerster in 1915, his sons, Gerhard and Manfred Foerster took over the management of the company that was founded by their great-grandfather. Gerhard was a brilliant piano designer and Manfred was a businessman. And thus such inspired designs like the quarter-tone grand piano and electrochord were introduced in the 1920s and 1930s.
The death of Gerhard Foerster in 1966 brought about the first changes in ownership. The taking over of the company by Wolfgang Foerster, whose father Manfred had died in 1952, brought about many problems. The enormously high inheritance taxes could only be paid by allowing the government to purchase shares in the company. During the last wave of government nationalization in 1972, the company was transformed into the state owned VEB Fluegel-und Pianobau Löbau. Still under the management of Wolfgang Foerster, the company was annexed by part of the German Piano-Union Leipzig. Even though the ruling ideology of the time tried to push the Foerster name into the background, the character and brand name Foerster was sustained due to its successful export business. The family name was added back into the company name in 1976 and it was re-named VEB Foerster Pianos Löbau.
Despite numerous awards and medals for various grand piano designs presented at the most important international fairs, it was difficult for Foerster, as well as all other factories in the socialistic economy of the German Democratic Republic, to secure needed parts. The significance of being a source of foreign currency made it possible to procure parts from non-socialistic countries and so it was that Foerster able to use Renner piano actions as early as 1987.
After the collapse of the government of the German Democratic Republic, Wolfgang Foerster was able to re-privatise the family business.
The general economic recession of the early 1990’s lead to a restructuring of the production and staffing of the company. In the following years, numerous investments were made for the upkeep and development of the traditional production facility.