1966 - Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler takes over
After the death of Dr. Rudolph Blüthner-Haessler on June 16, 1966, his son Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler, great grandson to Julius Blüthner, took over the management. He had to continue to restore the lost image due to the War by following the philosophy of Blüthner, "Quality above everything". The presence of Blüthner in the world market improved again.
However, in 1972 the unlawful leadership and nationalization of East Germany by the government took place. His decision to stay as a managing director in the company, in spite of the inherent pressure and doubt, was an economically sound decision and an important one for the future. It is due to Ingbert that Blüthner is to this day a family owned business.
1967 - A Grand Piano for Wilhelm Kempff
This celebrated pianist was a great admirer of the Blüthner instruments. When he received his instrument he wrote, "Blüthner is a well-respected name in the world. The sound of my Blüthner is of unrivaled beauty; the action works precisely. For the pianist it is the essence of perfection".
1970 - A New Building
The difficult time had been overcome and production of the instruments had stabilized. The demand was far larger than the production and for some special instruments a year's waiting period was not unusual.
A new building was erected to increase the production capacity of the factory. This permitted the implementation of new production methods in the polishing and spraying departments. 140 people now worked with Blüthner.
1981 - Fifth Gold Medal at the Leipzig Fair
In the past, various Blüthner instruments have received gold medals at the Leipzig Fair. In 1981 the concert grand was given this important recognition and a concert to celebrate the occasion staged to give the flag ship of Blüthner the chance to show its merits.
1989 - Fall of the Wall Brings a Free Economy
After many years of restricted marketing, the fall of the wall opened completely new horizons but demanded many activities. The network of distribution had to be reestablished, new materials had to be appraised and the production process reorganized. The foremost task in this difficult time however was the re-privatization of the firm. Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler reorganized the traditional company back into a family business and, like the Blüthner generations before, he extended the production capacity and modernized the manufacture.
1990 - Doing as Julius Blüthner Did
On the 30th of September 1990, Ingbert Blüthner-Haessler was again owner and had to steer the factory through the heavy waters of the first years.
It was necessary to expand the sales activities to the export markets. Many trips throughout the world were necessary to revive old business contacts and to establish new relations. Today Blüthner has its own distribution network in the USA and successful organizations in other countries. There is hardly a city where Blüthner is not represented. On the concert stage, Blüthner finds an ever-increasing acceptance and artists use it as their favored instrument.
Alexander Paley wrote, "Blüthner is my preferred instrument. I love its sensitive response to my intentions. It opens to my whole spectrum of interpretation and does not leave anything to be desired".
1991 - Knut Blüthner-Haessler Obtains his Diploma as a Master Piano Maker
Knut Blüthner-Haessler had to learn the trade from the beginning and went through all departments of production. With his father he started to design instruments. He passed as a master in pianomaking.