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LARGEST COLLECTION OF WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE PIANOS TO BE EXHIBITED IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS

 BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Musicians and music connoisseurs in the Detroit area will have the opportunity to view the world's finest pianos when the Bosendorfer Imperial Collection is exhibited for five days at the Evola Music store in Bloomfield Hills.
 Eight of the magnificent Bosendorfer grand pianos, the largest collection ever assembled outside of Vienna, will be displayed on Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Evola Music Recital Hall, 2184 Telegraph, north of Square Lake Road.
 Since 1828, the year Ignaz Bosendorfer received an Imperial License to make pianos, the world has been in awe of this instrument.
 To this day, each Bosendorfer is handmade in Vienna by master craftsmen who have apprenticed for at least 12 years. The tradition of old world handcraftsmanship is central to the Bosendorfer philosophy and is a hallmark made famous throughout the world. Utilizing solid Bavarian spruce which has been slow-dried for years and requiring over 62 weeks to produce, only a limited number of grand pianos are created each year.
 According to Evola Music, what has made the Bosendorfer grand famous in the musical world is its unique singing and sustaining tone. The sound of a Bosendorfer comes closest to matching the violin and thus, the human voice. It sings like no other piano.
 Such quality comes at a price, and the Bosendorfer is the most expensive piano in the world, far surpassing the Steinway, which may be better known to the general public in the United States.
 The 9-foot concert grand in the Imperial Collection is listed at $116,580. Another piano in the collection is the Strauss model, an exact replica of the instrument owned by the "Waltz King," which is priced at $84,680.
 The eight grand pianos in the Bosendorfer Imperial Collection exhibited at the Evola Music Recital Hall are valued at nearly three- quarters of a million dollars.
 However, Dr. Mario Hilse, managing director of Bosendorfer in Vienna, has authorized special pricing of the Model 200, a 7-foot grand piano, during the U.S. tour of the Imperial Collection.
 Unique to the Imperial Collection is the "Tonight Show" grand, the 6-foot-7 grand piano requested by Ross Tompkins, "Tonight Show" pianist, for the last "Tonight Show" hosted by Johnny Carson. This piano bears a plate containing the signatures of Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, "Doc" Severinsen and Tompkins.
 Private appointments to see, play and experience the incomparable Bosendorfers may be arranged by calling Paul Manners or James Evola at 313-334-0566.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is a fact sheet on the exhibition:
 MEDIA FACT SHEET
 WHAT: Bosendorfer Imperial Collection
 Largest collection of grand pianos outside of Austria -- shipped from Vienna to Detroit area.
 WHERE: Evola Music Recital Hall
 2184 Telegraph Road, north of Square Lake Road
 Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
 WHEN: Oct. 15-24
 WHO: James Turner, U.S. representative, will be available for personal interviews on Oct. 22-23 at Evola Music.
 Pre-exhibit phone interviews with Turner may be set up by calling 800-422-1611.
 Evola Contacts -- Paul Manners or James Evola may be contacted at 313-334-0566.
 WHY: The Bosendorfer pianos are recognized internationally as the finest pianos ever created; entirely hand-crafted in Vienna, they are also the most expensive.
 The House of Bosendorfer:
 1. 165 years old -- founded in 1828, has the longest history of any major piano company
 2. Non-percussive sound -- Widest palette of sounds available, unique singing, sustaining quality
 3. Renner action touch -- World's highest level of quality control
 4. Craftsmen -- 12-year apprentice program, most rigorous training in the world
 5. Owners/Musicians -- includes great musicians throughout world
 6. Rarity -- only 43,000 pianos created since founding of the company, currently producing 300-500 per year.
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 /CONTACT: James Evola of Evola Music, 313-334-0566; or Sharon Rees of Rees and Associates, 313-547-3690, for Evola Music/


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