The Best Selling Studio Model of All Time

B243/B47 Hamilton

The Baldwin B243 Hamilton Studio

Quality, efficiency, and perfect performance meet head-on in this distinct studio upright. Rarely do you see such a combination of playability and durability, designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s versatile pianists. First introduced in 1939, the Baldwin 243 Hamilton models are the company’s best-selling of all-time, with nearly 500,000 units sold worldwide. The multi-ply pinblock is a variation of the one from Baldwin’s legendary grand pianos, and is constructed from premium hard rock maple to deliver unmatched tuning stability.

Built to stand up to the demands of Institutional use

The Baldwin B243 is not only a fine instrument, it is built to stand up to the rugged demands of a school, studio, or any institutional setting. It comes with locks to secure the top lid and key cover, and includes double rubber casters to make moving more practical. At 47" tall, the B243 is able to accommodate a larger soundboard than most studio pianos, and therefore benefits from a full, powerful sound. Its longer strings are enhanced by the purity and balance of 100% virgin wool hammers. Also, Baldwin uses many of the same premium tonewoods and components that are employed in its top-of-the-line professional pianos, including a spruce soundboard, solid two-ply beech and hard maple bridge, spruce ribs and back frame, and a 19 ply hard maple pinblock. Baldwin’s Full Blow Direct Action contributes to a superior feel and response, for an extremely expressive playing experience.

The best fit and finish for you

A piano naturally becomes the focal point of any room, and if your space is limited, you'll want to fill it with the finest piano built. The Baldwin B243 is the best in its class. Find it at your nearest authorized Baldwin piano dealer.

Specifications
STRUNG BACK
Baldwin Pianos feature solid construction, with reinforced backs made of the finest materials. This enhances both the structural attributes of the piano and its sound characteristics, helping produce a full, rich tone.
SOUNDBOARD
To ensure a soundboard of consistently superior quality, Baldwin selects only the finest spruce available. A time-tested traditional design contributes to the responsive character of the soundboard, providing outstanding tonal quality.
BRIDGES & RIBS
The Baldwin B243 bridges are constructed of hand notched hard maple. This design contributes to the outstanding tonal quality of the Baldwin piano. Ribs, crafted of premium spruce, are hand selected and matched to each soundboard for maximum stability.
BALDWIN STRINGS
Baldwin strings, made by Mapes or Roslau, provide consistently rich and detailed fundamental tones and harmonic overtones.
PINBLOCK
The B243 pinblock consists of 19 plies of hard maple, one of the most durable hardwoods. By alternating the grain direction of each ply, tuning pins are snugly held. The plies are joined with a waterproof adhesive, so the integrity of the Baldwin pinblock is not adversely affected by humidity.
ACTION
Baldwin’s acclaimed Full Blow Direct Action contributes to the superior feel and response that professional players demand. Baldwin only uses premium 100% virgin wool hammers to ensure world-class note-to-note consistency and excellent tonal range.
KEYS & KEYBED
Baldwin keybeds are constructed of cross-grained hardwoods. This design ensures long-term dimensional stability. Baldwin keys feature all-hardwood reinforcement parts. Sharp keys have a refined radius for superb feel.
3 FUNCTIONAL PEDALS plus QUIET PLAY
Baldwin Uprights all feature 3 functional, musical pedals—sustain, bass sustain, and soft—allowing for the full range of musical expression. In addition, Baldwin Uprights include a Quiet-Play practice lever with a stop-position that allows for practice at a very soft volume.
FINISHES
Satin Walnut (WAL), Satin Ebony (EBY)


  • Dimensions: 47" height, 58 ½" width, 25" depth
  • Hammers: 100% Virgin Wool
  • Strings: High-grade music wire from Roslau
  • Speaking Length: 48"
  • Soundboard: Spruce
  • Soundboard Area: Sq. In. 1,980
  • Bridge Material: Hard Maple
  • Bridge Design: Precision Notched by Hand
  • Rib Material: Spruce
  • Action: Full Blow Direct design
  • Key Material: Spruce, individually weighted
  • Pedals: 3 – sustain, bass sustain, soft
  • Quiet Play Feature: Mute rail lever with stop position
  • Fallboard: Pull-out type key cover
  • Back Frame: Spruce
  • Plate: Cast iron
  • Pinblock Material: 19-ply Laminated Hard Maple
  • Tuning Pins: Nickel-plated cut thread
  • Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor

The best selling studio model of all time

A commitment to excellence

Baldwin has been “America’s Favorite Piano” ever since company founder D.H. Baldwin vowed to manufacture “the best piano that can be built” over 100 years ago. From concert stages to recording studios to family music rooms, Baldwin Professional Series pianos continue to set the industry standard for innovative design, classic styling and outstanding performance at an unbeatable price.

Baldwin’s commitment to the art of crafting quality pianos has long been recognized by individuals who demand the best. Regardless of the genre, a Baldwin piano speaks the language of music with eloquence and passion. Golden tones ring with definition and authority. Keys respond to the subtlest command. No matter which Baldwin you choose, you’ll own an instrument that is preferred by many of today’s finest pianists, composers, conductors, studios, symphony orchestras and performance venues.

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