Emerich Betsy Piano

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) around 1852 in Vienna, Austria. Production continued through 1871. 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.

The musical sound they produce cannot be reproduced by any other piano on the market today or that has been manufactured in the last 80+ years.   Both Beethoven and Bach played on similar pianos.   The paino owned by the Hart Family Estate was first sold to one of Beethoven’s students, who played on it until his death.   It is very possible Beethoven himself played on that particular piano when giving him lessons.   Other Emerich Betsy pianos may have a similar historical story to them, because these pianos were custom made for only the most wealthy and most probably very devoted pianists.

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 that were 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 19 remaining Emerich Betsy pianos known to be in existence.

Owner: Hart Family Estate Location: Tampa, FL; USA Contact: eMail


Beautifully Restored!

Owner: Corey and Amy Roush Location: Bethesda, Maryland Contact:

This piano is located in Bethesda, Maryland.
It was originally purchased in Italy at an Antique fair in 2014,
and then restored by artisans in Sassuolo and Bologna, Italy.


Available for Sale!
ONLY $20,000 USD

Owner: Ivica Ivancic Location: Croatia Contact: eMail
Phone: Unknown

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Needs some restoration work.
Exterior is in good condition!

Owner: Csaba Varga Contact: eMail Location: Nograd, Hungary

This piano is located in Nograd, Hungary
This piece needs some restoration work.
The exterior of the piano is in good condition.


Available for Sale!
$48,000 USD

Owner: Norbi Lang Location: Romania Contact: eMail

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Available for Sale!
ONLY $12,000 USD (As-Is)

Owner: Clara Radu Location: Bucharest, Romania Contact: eMail
Phone: 0040723536447

Requires Restoration
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Owner:King-Poly European Antiques Location:Shanghai, China Contact: Jeremy Guan eMail; eMail


Owner: Unknown Location: Poland Contact: eMail tel. +48 62 501 30 30


Owner: Unknown Location: Unknown Contact:

Owner: Unknown Location: Vienna Contact:

Owner: Paolo Zorzan Location: Italy Contact: eMail


Owner: Unknown Location: Albany, CA; USA Contact: eMail

Owner: Bruno Avico Location: Italy, Piemonte (Mondově) Contact: eMail


Owner:Carlo Ceccon Location: Italy Contact: eMail


Owner:Laido Location: Brazil Contact: eMail


Owner:Timea Gécs Location: Hungary, Békéscsaba Contact: eMail Timea Gécs


Owner:Christian Hummer
Location: Vienna, Austria Contact: eMail Christian Hummer
A family-myth says that Bétsy built this piano for himself.


Owner:Andras Dobri
Location: Hungary Contact: eMail Andras Dobri

Our piece needs some restoration work. It is an earlier one built in 1854. The piano has been in the family at the very least from 1940 and was tuned approximately till 1990. The piano is in Hungary. We can help with shipping in Europe, but we can as well help in arranging a container delivery worldwide.


Owner:Baumann Gerhard
Location: Wien (Vienna) Contact: eMail Baumann Gerhard

The first known owner of my instrument is my paternal grandfather, Mr. Moritz Baumann, school director, residing in Wien, Wasnergasse. The parents of my grandfather, so my great-grandparents were Mr. Franz Baumann, firm officials and Ms Katharina, born of Posch. It`s possible my grandfather inherited the piano from his parents.

My sister and I learned from 1939 to 1948 on to play the piano. At the end of the Second World War it received damage by shrapnel. Fortunately, the only damage to the foot is on the bottom right.


Owner:Tobiasz Swiderski
Location: Pulawy, Poland Contact: eMail Tobiasz Swiderski


Owner:Milos Brinovec
Location: Brestanica, Slovenia Contact: eMail Milos Brinovec

Our piece needs some restoration work. The sound from it is still AMAZINGLY GOOD!

Katarina Pozun Brinovec
Stolovnik 24, 8280 Brestanica, Slovenia
Telephon # 00386 41 229 340


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