Despite numerous honors and awards for various grand piano models at the most important international trade fairs of the time, Förster – like all other East German companies – still struggled to procure parts from suppliers. However, as the company made so many sales in countries outside of East Germany, it was often able to source parts from western suppliers. Starting in 1987, for instance, August Förster began using Renner actions in its pianos.
After the collapse of the East German government, Wolfgang Förster re-privatized the family company in 1991.
The economic recession in East Germany in the early 1990s led to the restructuring of the company’s production and staff. In the years that followed, numerous investments were made in maintaining and expanding the traditional production facility.
Wolfgang Förster continued to head the company until 2008, when he passed it on to his daughter Annekatrin Förster.
Today, the family-owned and -operated August Förster workshop still draws on tried-and-true traditions of craftsmanship to create its grand pianos and upright pianos.