Vintage D

Legendary 1920 Grand Piano


• Warm vintage sound

• Captured with vintage equipment

• Legendary jazz albums have been recorded on this piano

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Vintage D


World-renowned pianists like Keith Jarrett or Chick Corea have recorded classic albums on this exceptional grand piano.

The Instrument


Bauer Studios' Steinway D grand piano was built in 1920 in Hamburg, the german factory

of Steinway & Sons. Over almost 90 years this instrument has achieved a

very deep and intimate timbre, thus providing an energetic personality and

a beautiful singing tone. Richie Beirach called it 'The best piano in the world’.

The Pianists


Many pianists have used this particular grand piano during their recording sessions including Monty Alexander, George Gruntz, Joe Sample, Geri Allen, Kevin Hays, Wolfgang Schmid, Richie Beirach, Abdullah Ibrahim, Martin Schrack, Carla Bley, Simon Nabatov, Aki Takase, Rainer Brüninghaus, Oregon, John Taylor, Uri Cane, Kristjan Randalu, Olivia Trummer, Frank Chastenier, Ozone Makato, Ralph Towner, Chick Corea, Jörg Reiter, Florian Weber, Wolfgang Dauner, Guillermo and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Dieter Falk and Keith Jarrett.

The Recording


Home of the VINTAGE D are the Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg/Germany. Their customer list reads like the who is who in Jazz, Pop and classical music.


To keep and enhance the warm and lively character of the instrument, the VINTAGE D has been recorded with modern high-end microphones, but also with vintage tube mics, especially the legendary Neumann U47 and KM53. Center of the control room at Bauer Studios is an AMS Neve Console, which has been extensively in use for the recordings, supplemented by other special preamps like the very rare Telefunken V41.

The resulting sound is a combination of different microphone levels, no compression or eq has been used within the mix: It's the 'real thing'.

The Interface


The VINTAGE D’s extensive tweaking options make it perfect for all contemporary productions: Control the levels of the pedals, damper, string and hammer sounds. Adjust the timbre with the Color knob. Turn the Dynamic knob to change the dynamic range. The Lid control adjusts brightness. And built-in effects allow you to you fine-tune the sound without ever leaving the interface.



Changes the tone colour or timbre from soft (left) to hard (right) by readjusting the sample mapping. It's a dynamic way of mapping, while balancing the volume differences between softer and harder samples. As a result of turning the 'Colour' knob to the right, you will hear the piano sound 'harder', crispier, and with 'more attack'. Turning it to the left it'll sound 'warmer', 'softer' and with less 'attack'.



The VINTAGE D brings a true piano feel to life. Over 2,000 individual samples and 13 velocity zones allow each note to come through with stunning realism. With mechanical and string 'noises' being a main part of a piano's realism, the VINTAGE D also features the 'dying string' release sounds, the hammer noises and the pedal, damper and vibrant string noises, all individually adjustable.



We sampled the resonating strings with the sustain pedal up and down separately enabling an individual adjustment of the VINTAGE D's resonance using the 'Resonance' and the 'Overtones' controls.




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Legendary 1920 Grand Piano


• Warm vintage sound

• Captured with vintage equipment

• Legendary jazz albums have been recorded on this piano