Grand Pianos of the Golden Age

Grand pianos from the golden age of 1890 till today...

... were ever more rarely seen in private households, because the amount of solid upright pianos was competing with them. This was ultimately the consequence of shrinking living space even of the wealthier city families, and, above all, of significantly higher costs for a grand piano at the turn of the century. Classical parlor grands of 1900 were still 2 meters long, but then, basically after the 1920s, the manufacturers tried to acquire customers as well with baby grands of 1.40 m in length. But only few manufacturers managed to succeed with this smaller shape, esp. with regard to sound quality.

And yet: those who can provide the space for a grand piano should consider that, because nice grand pianos merge playability, looks and sound potential in a way that is always superior to an upright piano.

Blüthner Aliquot grand piano

Built: 1906
Serial number: 72112
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 2,10 m

This extraordinary Blüthner grand piano was presumably designed so extravagantly, as a unique instrument, by wish of a customer or as a demonstrational instrument. It is equipped with the patented Aliquot system. The surface is made from lemon wood and provided with fine brass inserts. A very noble instrument. This splendid grand piano has technically been completely restored - it plays and sounds absolutely perfect again. The case has been polished with shellac as well.

 

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Blüthner Aliquot Artcase grand piano

Built: 1912
Serial number: 89115
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 1,70m

This one-of-its-kind Blüthner grand piano has a beautiful 6 legs italian renaissence design. However it is non-renovated, it plays and sounds very nice. A very rare find. TO our knowledge this piano had been designed for a swiss family having had this design for all the furniture in their living room.

 

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Bluethner artcase jubilee aliquot grand piano

Built: 1903
Serial number: 63731
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 1.90 m

This is an extremely rare Blüthner artcase jubilee grand piano of 1903 - the 50th Jubilee of J. Blüthner. This piano is well preserved. To explore the full potential of this piano, it has to be fully restored. A one of its kind piano.

 

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Bluethner Jubilee grand piano

Built: 1903
Serial number: 64546
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 1.90 m

This Bluethner jubilee grand piano is very well preserved - it had been overhauled in 1976. The previous owners told us, that many musicians had been guests to the owners house and esp. V. Ashkenazy loved and played this Bluethner piano. It is ready to be played - however it has lost a bit of its former beauty.

 

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Bluethner Jubilee grand piano 210

Built: 1899
Serial number: 52057
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 2.10 m

This is one of the very rare mod 4 Bluethner Jubilee grand pianos with 2.10m. Well preserved. The piano just got a new shellac polish. It surely is one of the most beautiful grand pianos you could find.

 

Bluethner Jubilee grand piano 210

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Bluethner Jubilee grand piano

Built: 1909
Serial number: 76622
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 2.10 m

This is an extraordinarily well preserved late Bluethner Jubilee grand piano Mod IV. It plays still great and has a rich tone. The shellac body needs some work. However if you like an authentic piano - this is it.

 

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Bluethner Jubilee grand piano

Built: 1909
Serial number: 75596
Action: Blüthner patent action
Length: 2.10 m

This is a late Bluethner Jubilee grand piano Mod IV. However this piano has some obvious signs of aging and usage, it still plays great and has a very rich tone. The piano legs, lyra and music desk had been replaced decades ago. This can be re-done during restoration.

 

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Bluethner Grand Piano

Built: 1895
Serial number: 43482
Action: Bluethner Erard action
Length: 2.10 m

This is one of the rare-to-find mod 4 Bluethner grand pianos (2.10m) equipped with an Erard action. It is well preserved, however it requires a renovation to be played again well.


 

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BluethnerAliquot Grand Piano

Built: 1892
Serial number: 34367
Action: Bluethner Erard action
Length: 1.90 m

This is one of the rare mod 6 Bluethner grand pianos equipped with an Erard action AND Aliquot. It requires a full restoration.


 

BluethnerAliquot Grand Piano

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Ibach transposing grand

Built: 1915
Serial number: 71617/40
Action: Ibach double repetition action
Length: 1,95 m

This Ibach grand piano, finished 1/23/1915 (1.95 m), patented as Prof. Dr. Felix v. Kraus Transponierflügel (D.R.P. 202532) and featuring the license number 40, is a rare specimen that may in fact be one of the very few grand pianos that are so well preserved. This grand piano has a transposing lever that may shift the keyboard between g-sharp (-4) and d-sharp (+3). Instead of 85, this grand piano has 95 choirs. The splendid case with the double legs is also wonderfully preserved.


 

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Ibach artcase grand piano

Built: 1884
Serial number: 10795
Action: Schwander double repetition action
Length: 1,80 m

Finding an Ibach grand piano with a serial number around or below 10000 is very very hard. Finding an Ibach artcase grand piano of this era is even harder. So this one here really is a treasure. It got finished Sep 1st, 1884 in Barmen (Germany) and delivered to Ibach Cologne. The Ibach factory in Cologne was specialised in artcase pianos. In 1885 the piano got sold to a rich family in Cologne. We actually bought this piano right from the house it got first delivered to in 1885. Incredible. The piano is untouched, still playing. It requires a restoration to be as beautiful as it had been in 1884.

 

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Ibach grand piano

Built: 1880
Serial number: 7421
Action: Ibach double repetition action
Length: 1.90m

We now have found an Ibach grand piano with a serial number below 10000. It got finished Nov 25th, 1880 in Barmen (Germany) and delivered to F. A. Kaulen in Moseau. The piano has survived with not too many changes to its authentic condition. Hammer felts etc. seem to be authentic. The piano has an interesting Ibach version of an Erard action.

 

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Steinway B grand piano

Built: 1898
Serial number: 92270
Action: Steinway repetition action
Length: 2.11 m

This Hamburg Steinway B grand piano is an example of how beautiful these grand pianos had been. However aged, this untouched Steinway B still plays and sounds amazing. It got delivered in 1899 to a family in Munich and stayed there more or less the entire 100+ years until it came to us. We decided to not have it restored, as it still is a very nice piano - and very rare to find in such an authentic condition.


 

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Steinway O grand piano

Built: 1912
Serial number: 151805
Action: Steinway repetition action
Length: 1.80 m

This Hamburg Steinway O grand piano came untouched to us. Perfect for a restoration. The technical restoration has just been finished. A new polish (polyester) has been done as well. This is an amazing grand piano, an incredible touch and tone.


 

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Bechstein artcase grand piano

Built: 1928
Serial number: 133066
Action: Renner repetition action
Length: 1,70 m

This is a luxury Bechstein Artcase grand piano. It is a so called "Luxusausstattung im Stile Louis XVI" artcase grand piano. a previous owner repainted it antique grey. The acoustic piano is still authentic - and plays / sounds very nice. A wonderful piano - we currenty restore the case completely to bring back its authentic glory.


 

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Pfeiffer Grand Piano

Built: 1925
Serial number: 13501
Action: Keller repetition action
Length: 2.00 m

Rare to find - Pfeiffer grand pianos are known for their impressive touch and tone. Many pianists love these Pfeiffer grand pianos. This piano is well preserved. A full restoration is recommended to unleash the full potential of this grand piano.


 

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Pfeiffer Grand Piano 1.70

Built: 1938
Serial number: 17339
Action: Renner action
Length: 1.70 m

In the late 1930's not many pianos got built any more. This is one of these pianos. However just 1.70, it has the full Pfeiffer sound piano lovers do appreciate. It is in a very well condition, ready to play. The black case has some areas that had been re-lacquered, not in a professional manner. Still ok to be in a living room - but maybe subject to be re-newed.


 

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Grotrian Steinweg grand piano

Built: 1910
Serial number: 24763
Action: double repetition action
Length: 1.85 m

This is a very nice Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano. Overall well preserved with some aging defects. A full restoration would be worth doing. This is one of the most beautiful grand pianos ever built - we have fully restored some of this model - they are all great by touch and tone.


 

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Feurich Jubilee grand piano

Built: 1894
Serial number: 10707
Action: double repetition action
Length: 1.9 m

Feurich had been one of the leading German manufacturers around 1900. Their instruments have an amazing touch and tone. In the 1890s Feurich had a Jubilee frame for some of their grand pianos. This is one of these very rare examples. This wonderful grand piano requires a full restoration to demonstrate its amazing qualities again.


 

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Feurich grand piano

Built: 1914
Serial number: 29080
Action: double repetition action
Length: 1.90 m

Very much comparable to the Bluethner Mod 6 1.90m grand piano. However Feurich has its very own wonderful tone. This piano is untouched as well - still in a very good condition. The walnut case has some color differences due to sun impact over decades. Once being repolished it will shine again beautifully.


 

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