I just bought it and the grotrian (they're doing a buy bechstein, get another instrument 50% off) and I have to say, so far after about 20 mins playing it might be my favorite Pianoteq piano. it's really fantastic
Different indeed, as in modeled against sampled. That’s exactly the reason why I love them both. Don’t know of any other Kontakt library modeled by Pianoteq. So here you’ve got a meticulously sampled instrument meticulously modeled. Best of both worlds ... if you get both. Switching between them is an experience I wouldn’t want to miss.
This is an excellent new release from Modartt! I'm quite frankly surprised how good this sounds and plays in view of it being a physical model of the Bechstein Digital Grand originally derived from a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand. It's a bit "plingy" in the highest 1 1/2 octave, but that could be what the original sounds like.
Added: I'm not really sure how you physically model a kontakt instrument, so maybe it's really that the Pianoteq model is based the recordings in the kontakt instrument. It has a wonderfully evolving tone. "Singing" might be a good way to describe it.
That was my impression too - the top register has a sustaining celeste-like 'ting' which stuck out as a little odd. It's been decades since I last played a Bechstein (at school in the '80s!) so I don't know whether this is a characteristic.
I bought it anyway - the mid range is glorious, rich and airy and has a very different character to the Steinways. Very playable - I lost about 4 hours yesterday totally immersed in it!