(Grand) pianos from before 1890

(Grand) pianos from before 1880 and special collector's items...

... are most interesting as unique antiques. Each instrument can be played, is either excellently preserved in original condition or after n authentic restoration, representing the sound that the greatest composers of that time were familiar with. Pianos were built in very different ways at that time - and so, very different and sometimes mature action designs and rim constructions are found. A close look is very important.

Though the widely used overdamper action provided some advantages, such a piano can no longer be played in modern fashion and is not recommended as a learning instrument for beginners - except for Blüther and Ibach pianos. This is also true for the precursors of the modern double repetition action in grand pianos. Prell action (Prellmechanik) or Viennese actions have a charm of their own - but they are playing in a much different way than modern actions. This piano-making period has the interesting characteristic, though, that a lot was tried and special designs were also built on request of individual customers. Hence, a rather nice variety of different instruments may be found. Ideal for collectors and musicians who want to play music on authentic instruments.

Ibach Artcase Piano

Built: 1880
Serial number: 10597
Action: Ibach overdamper action
Height: 1,42m

This is again an extremely rare find - an 1880 Ibach Artcase piano in a 100% authentic condition. It has belonged to Georg II von Sachsen Meiningen. He had this piano at Veste Heldburg. Hans von Bülow, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and others had been guests. The piano requires a full restoration. Even the authentic candle holders are with the piano. A fantastic piano.


 

Ibach Artcase Piano

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C. Bechstein Piano No 166

Built: 1857
Serial number: 166
Action: tbd
Height: 1,28m

Another museum type of instrument is this very early C. Bechstein piano, serial number 166. The piano is absolutely nicely preserved. The piano shows a strong link to the education time C. Bechstein had with Kriegelstein in France (1849-1852) - the acustic as well as the piano artcase is french style.

 

C. Bechstein Piano No 166

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C. Bechstein Piano

Built: 1858
Serial number: 399
Action: Schwander underdamper action
Height: 1,28m

A museum type of instrument is this very early C. Bechstein piano, serial number 399. It is one of the very first pianos that Carl Bechstein made at his first location at Behrenstraße 56, before 1860. The piano is absolutely nicely preserved. The sound and play features are supreme for pianos of that period. The Schwander action contributes to that. A wonderful historical document of this worldwide famous manufacturer.

 

C. Bechstein Piano

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Ignaz Boesendorfer grand piano

Built: ~1841
Serial number: nn
Action: Viennese action
Length: 1.85m

Another museum type of instrument, an Ignaz Bösendorfer (the founder) grand piano. The key cover has the wonderful title "Kaiserl. Königl. Hof- Pianoforte Verfertiger". This grand piano has been rebuilt by Gampe (Reichenberg) in 1882. Even though - or probably even because of this, it is a unique collectors item.

 

Ignaz Boesendorfer grand piano

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Bluethner square piano

Built: 1862
Serial number: 506
Action: Bluethner action
Length: 1.90m

This is a very rare early J. Blüthner square piano. It is very well preserved - can serve as a highlight in any museum - and still be played (renovation required).

 

Bluethner square piano

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In search of (grand) pianos

Contact us, please, if you are interested in anything special. If you are looking for something quite special, you are welcome to contact us. We discover a lot during our “FaszinationKlaviere travels”, and we may perhaps give you a hint on some occasion or other.

Steinway D concert grand piano 1877

Built: 1878
Serial number: 41309
Action: Steinway double repetition action
Length: 2.74m

Steinway's international number one position started with the success during World Expo in Paris 1867. Everybody wanted to have one of these Concert Grand Pianos. This 1878 Concert Grand piano had been delivered to Steinway Hamburg (dealer) Nov 5th, 1879. Hamburg had no Steinway factory that time. The last two years we restored this piano - technically - and the rosewood case got new shellac polish. Absolutely breathtaking. A very rare and very valuable piano.

 

Steinway D concert grand piano 1878

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Boesendorfer concert grand piano 225

Built: 1845
Serial number: 2246
Action: vienna action
Length: 2,35m

This is a very early Ignaz Boesendorfer (the founder) Concert Grand Piano - absolutely untouched. A treasure for any collector or museum. It should be preserved the way it is.

 

Boesendorfer concert grand piano 225

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Stoecker concert grand piano 225

Built: 1870
Serial number: 1064
Action: Stoecker top action
Length: 2,25m

Theodor Stöcker had been a very innovative piano buider in Berlin. He developed this special design for Concert grand pianos with the so-called Oberschlägige Mechanik. These pianos have a very special light tone. Ca 1000 Concert grand pianos of this type had been built. This one, with serial number 1064 surely is one of the very last ones.

 

Stoecker concert grand piano 225

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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.

 

Ibach artcase grand piano

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