Emerich Betsy pianos were constructed between 1852 and 1871.
These pianos were made with Burl Wood, each finished with hand craftsmanship inclusive of hand-carved gold and pearl inlay, and custom tailored for their owner.
Only the very wealthy afforded the luxury of these precision instruments.
Each piano was built to fit the specific height and body of it’s owner, therefore; the height of the keyboard varies from piano to piano.
Emerich Betsy pianos were produced at a Piano Factory in WEIN, (address - Wieden, Mitterstein NO.13).
They won awards at the 1854 German Exposition for Industry and Trades.
Emerich Betsy has a long history in piano building.
The family was a friend with 2 students of Beethoven and built custom pianos for them.
Emerich Betsy was generally considered among the most prestigious piano makers in Austria, building only a few pianos per year.
They believed in doing all the work by hand.
Many attest Emerich Betsy is the ultimate piano for appreciating the wonderful music of Brahms and other great composers of his era who composed on this type of piano.
The music appears clean & crisp, a clarity which cannot be achieved with an over-strung American piano that often tends to blend musical colors together.
These straight-strung, large European grand instruments possess specific tonal colors in the individual registers of the piano, coupled with the front-to-back orientation of the soundboard grain.
It is most unusual that a piano maker, capable of building such large pianos and to such a high degree of precision with the best of materials and deftly perfect workmanship, is not well known.
This seems attributable to the few pianos made, the loss of great treasures in Europe during both World Wars, and each piano being so specifically designed to fit its owner that resale of them would have been taxing.
As a fully restored antique, these grand pianos have a rather high value to a collector and to the practiced pianist.
Fully restored Emerich Betsy pianos have sold for as much as $54,000.
Family Genealogy Records — FamilySearch.org
Betsy Emerich: Daughter of John Casper Emerich and Christine Degrate, Born 1785
John Casper Emerich: Son of John Adam Emerich and Maria Barbara Riegel, Born 1761
Below can be seen pictures of the 11 remaining Emerich Betsy pianos known to be in existence.
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