The VARIO digital system for pianos & grand pianos

The C. Bechstein VARIO is more than just a mute system: it’s a comprehensive solution that respects the character of your acoustic piano and simply adds a multitude of digital functions.

The product range includes two models: VARIO duet, and VARIO connect for MIDI applications without muting. Both models are fully compatible with instruments from other manufacturers as well.

The C. Bechstein VARIO system enhances your acoustic upright or grand piano with digital features, thus allowing your traditional high-end instrument to benefit from state-of-the-art technology.

In silent mode (VARIO duet), your playing is heard only through headphone. The high-precision mute rail prevents the hammers from striking the strings.

Connecting your instrument to music apps via Bluetooth or USB-C opens up a wide range of possibilities that go beyond playing the piano. This is also possible with VARIO connect.

100% acoustic instrument + 100% digital possibilities


Silent mode activated
The acoustic mute function lets you enjoy your piano via headphones: Play at any time without disturbing others, or just by yourself.


Keyboard Sensor Technology
An optical system under the keys captures even the finest nuances of your playing.


Pedal sensors
Three contactless sensors measure your use of the pedals.


VARIO operating module
Elegant and discreet: Control your VARIO at the touch of a button, and adjust the volume for up to two headphones.

(All components also available in silver/white)


VARIO Headphones
Designed for a true audiophile listening experience when playing the piano digitally. Velvety-soft velour ear-pads.

(Headphones also available in white)


Bluetooth built-in
Brings your acoustic instrument wirelessly into the digital world.


The VARIO App: The perfect companion for pianos equipped with the VARIO digital system, and enhances your acoustic instrument with many functions for setup and control, plus practicing*, recording* and sharing* music.

(Tablet not included. *Functionality depends on mobile operating system; specific music features are currently only available for iOS.)


DC / power supply
Connection on the back of the instrument

Experience your piano playing anew. It is child’s play to start with.

Apps for smartphones, tablets or PCs can enhance the experience of playing our acoustic instruments in many ways.

The C. Bechstein VARIO complements the professional, and creative possibilities of your acoustic instrument in a digital way. It also offers you state-of-the-art technology in high-quality acoustic pianos, and grand pianos.

Many technologies – and even more attention to detail.

Contactless, optical measurement.

A completely redesigned and easy-to-install keyboard sensor system captures even the finest nuances in the movements of the keys. This allows you to play in a highly expressive way, and control the dynamics of every single note perfectly.

Bluetooth-MIDI (BLE)

Connect your smartphone, tablet or notebook wirelessly to your piano via Bluetooth. BLE-MIDI (MIDI over Bluetooth Low Energy) is available for almost all operating systems from Android to Windows. Discover the world of music with creative apps for learning, playing and composing directly on your acoustic instrument!

Intuitive one-button operation & USB-C

The VARIO digital system is simple to control with just one button. Each push of the button toggles up to four of your preferred sound settings.

Get next-generation connectivity with the built-in USB Type-C interface. With USB-C you can also recharge your smartphone, tablet and even notebooks at high speed (via PD, Power Delivery Standard).

Two headphones for a duet together

The VARIO duet sound module also features a dual headphone amplifier at HiFi level, allowing two players to enjoy the highest sound quality at the same time – ideal for practicing with friends or music teachers. One headphone is included.

For an optimal listening experience

Our headphones were developed especially for the VARIO system. We focused on maximum sound fidelity, the possibility of undisturbed piano playing whilst providing optimum wearing comfort. The system headphones have a semi-open design – a construction that meets all these requirements and allows hours of piano time.

Premium mute rail for pianos & grand pianos

The VARIO digital system’s premium mute rail ensures that the hammers are stopped precisely in front of the strings – so that the acoustic instrument no longer plays through the strings and soundboard.

The natural playability of the acoustic piano is preserved and its precise, unaltered touch sets our mechanical solutions apart from the competition. Because if the playing feel is “right”, it has a direct effect on the overall experience, regardless of whether you are playing digitally or acoustically.

Die Premium-Stoppleiste des VARIO Digitalsystem – passend für alle Klavier und Flügel der C. Bechstein-Familie

Comes in white too

Headphones and the VARIO front panel control unit are also available in silver/white for white pianos to match the finish of your instrument. Please contact your dealer.