Through many years of dealings, buying selling and trading, we have come across many who need help with the selling buying or trading their pianos, because of our own international distances,we find there is always problems and difficult to reach those that we can in other areas for international piano selling trade. We decided to give people a possible way to help themselves.
Pianos are stringed musical instruments sounded by a keyboard, classified as chordophones.
The word piano is an abbreviated version of the Italian “pianoforte”. The clavichord and harpsichord are considered predecessors to the piano. Bartolomeo Cristofori is attributed as the inventor of the modern piano. Cristofori was the Keeper of the Instruments for Ferdinando de’ Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany. Three Cristofori pianos survive today, all dating to the 1720s. Cristofori combined the control of the clavichord with the amplified sound of the harpsichord.
Pianos became popular in the 18th century and were widely produced in Vienna. The Viennese school popularized and manufactured some of the finest instruments, including some made for Mozart. The Industrial Revolution brought steel for piano wires and more precise manufacturing techniques to standardize the sound.
The “grand” piano originates in the shape of harpsichords. Variations include the Concert Grand (about 2.2 to 3 meters long), the Parlor Grand (about 1.7 to 2.2 meters long) and the Baby Grand (about 1.5 meters long). All styles feature a horizontal frame and strings.
Auction highlights include a White Baby Grand Piano belonging to Marilyn Monroe sold by Christie’s New York on October 27-28, 1999 for $662,500 and a French Ormulu-Mounted Mahogany Grand Piano sold by Christie’s London on June 17, 2009 for $336,815.
Before the time of television and the internet, live music performances were a primary form of entertainment. Performances were held in private homes, as well as concert halls. Many rivalries formed among pianists and composers. This created a unique angle for entertainment as individuals could then debate the merits of each musician and choose sides. One of the more famous piano duels was held between Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg.