The Bjarma Grand

A 1922 Blüthner baby grand piano sampled through a pair of RØDE NT5s.

The story

This is a light sampling of a 1922 Blüthner baby grand piano, currently located in my father’s study.

It originally belonged to my maternal great-grandparents, who received it as a wedding gift. One nocturnal sampling session later,
I was left with a small snapshot of this beautiful piano.
Sampled with the pedal down through a pair of RØDE NT5s.

The instrument requires the full version of Kontakt 5.8.1.

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  • Warm, tender textured grand

    Warm, felt piano sound is my favorite kind of sound. It is very simple but has a tender soft texture of baby grand, it is very nice to add to the selection.

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Lush Piano with some issues

    I really adore this piano. The sound is just right. It's surprising that it seems to have only one dynamic layer. First let me say that I would absolutely use this instrument as it is since it's really musical. The nit pick list includes some weirdness with the release samples which seem to be unnaturally loud if you hold notes out longer than a few beats, and with the delay at the start of notes due to how the library was edited. Both of these issues can be resolved in Kontakt. I suppose they're both down to personal taste, but judging by the comments of other reviewers, I'm not alone in citing the concern about the sample editing. There's also a mis-assigned sample on A#1 through F0. One of the round robins isn't the right pitch. Still, I like this library enough that I took the time to trim up all of the samples so they'd be more playable, which I guess says something about what I see in this library.

    Sam Ecoff07 November 2021
  • A pristine-sounding piano, with a delay problem

    While this piano is absolutely lovely and sampled perfectly with no audible noise and awesome dynamics, there is a teeny-tiny delay when playing it. I had to double-checked it with other similar pianos, including premium libraries and it is in fact a problem of this specific library.

    Alex Raptakis21 October 2021
  • Really intimate piano performance...

    It sounds almost like and upright piano with a very close and "small" sound. Slight issue with the attack on the notes causing them to be slightly delayed behind the keypress, but nothing that can't be fixed easily under the hood. Including it in my collection go-to pianos! Great work!

    Christopher26 October 2021
  • Pretty nice tone but doesn't stand out to me

    This piano has a pretty nice warm but still bright tone. I think it definitely has some character unlike some non felt piano libraries i find to be pretty boring. I think theres alot of room, sound baked into the samples which can be really cool but could also get in the way in certain applications. The instrument isn't too dynamic either which is personally one of the most important things for me in piano libraries. others have already mentioned some of the sample editing issues and additionally i also hear some occasional clicks and pops. Overall this is a pretty good piano but theres many on pianobook i prefer more. Im more into warm cinematic felts though so im sure that has alot to do with it

    septemberwalk11 November 2021
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