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Grand piano ca. 1840
Érard & Co., London
Wood, various materials; L. of case (perpendicular to keyboard) 97 1/4 in. (247 cm); W. of case (parallel to keyboard) 58 7/8 in. (149.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry McSweeney, 1959 (59.76)

 

Sébastien Érard (1752–1831), who made his first piano in 1777, manufactured harps and pianos, and published music. Founding his firm in Paris in 1768, he served many French aristocrats: the duchesse de Villeroy provided him with a workshop, and he designed a special transposing piano for Marie Antoinette. The French Revolution seriously impaired sales (many of Érard's early instruments were confiscated from the aristocracy and burned), so he opened a second manufacturing and sales facility in London.

 

Érard's first pianos featured an English-style action (key mechanism), but by 1822 his brother and business partner Pierre had patented an improved mechanism featuring a double escapement, to permit players to repeat notes with greater speed and control. This action, with a few refinements, is used in today's grand pianos.

 

The cast iron frame had been patented in America in 1825, but European piano makers hesitated to adopt this feature (Conrad Graf continued to make wood cases until about 1840). In 1825, the Érard firm patented a frame constructed of iron bars and plates. While not as rigid and effective as the cast iron frame, the bolted-on iron bars, mounted both above and below the soundboard, greatly improved tuning stability. Many prominent musicians, including Haydn and Beethoven, used Érard pianos. Liszt made his sensational Paris and London debuts on Érard pianos fitted with the newly invented double-repetition action...

 


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26-01-2015, 06:00
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It's the Bat-piano! Hungarian musician reveals futuristic re-design of piano that looks more suited for super hero's Gotham cave than the Royal Albert Hall
Gergely Boganyi, 41, has spent ten years, 8,000 hours and almost £1million

redesigning the grand piano in a workshop above a disused communist-era factory in Hungary

  • Feted classical musician Gergely Boganyi, 41, build his own grand piano
  • Spent 10 years, 8,000 hours and £1million developing new instrument
  • Made from ultra-modern carbon fibre with two legs that project sound
  • Musician says sound is like 'being in a spaceship hovering above gravity'
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24-01-2015, 02:04

Erard Paris Grand Piano serial number 73407 - Year 1895

Grand piano made by Erard Paris serial number73407 made in the year 1895 case made of rosewood at a length of 190 cm. This model of piano is also one of our more sought after because of the size and sound...

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20-01-2015, 03:05

Erard grand piano made in Paris serial number 63488 made in the year 1888

Model No 1 being one of Palace Pianos most popular model being sought after by Musicians and artists around the world. Case made of Rosewood at 212cm Straight strung.

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17-01-2015, 02:49

Steinway and Sons Grand piano serial number 82039 - Circa 1895

A beautiful Steinway and Sons Grand piano serial number 82039 circa 1895.

Case made of Rosewood at 188 cm long with 85 notes. This piano is currently being refurbished.

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