Concert Grand Piano 1928 model - Schwechten

By: PIANO TUNING MELBOURNE 33 Yrs. Tuning Experience  20-May-2014
Keywords: Musical Instruments, Musical Instrument Repair, Tuning & Repair Pianos & Organs

This is an opportunity to secure an authentic concert grand piano of the pre- WW11 era, made by one of the finest German piano builders during an era when piano manufacturers were creating some of the best pianos ever manufactured. Schwechten is regarded as a very high quality German piano; the company's manufacturing plant was in Frankfurter at the time.(The plate indicates Berlin) Extremely rare, no finer pianos have ever been made than those of the house of Schwechten. Based in Berlin, Schwechten pianos are prime examples of the top quality work that came out of some very small shops in Germany and Austria in the 19th century. The Schwechten line of pianos began with his elder brother Heinrich's shop in 1839. Georg Schwechten established his shop in Berlin in 1853 and specialized in exquisite hand crafted pianos such as this one. This fabulous line of instruments ended with Georg, who died in 1902. The piano's quality features include agraffes inserted into the underside of the cappo bar in the high treble registers to facilitate tuning and prevent any grooves forming in the bar over time that adversely affects the tonal quality. Many pianos just have the strings bearing directly to the underside of the cappo bar. According to the serial number (45020) - Pierce (1997) - indicates that the piano was made c.1928. In fact, according to Pierce, Schwechten made only 800 pianos between 1928 and 1934 displaying serial numbers 45000 to 45800 respectively. The piano is 8" 7" long, measured from the tail edge of the lid to the front of the key-slip. As such, the piano is a true concert grand. It is often the case that piano manufacturers used the finest materials for their concert grand pianos particularly during the period in which this piano was manufactured. This piano has been seriously revamped: the keyboard has been recovered; the soundboard has been re-varnished; the plate has been re-sprayed; the piano has been re-pinned and re-strung whilst the case has been re-sprayed in a low sheen black finish. The action has been upgraded – new hammers have been installed along with new rollers while an extensive regulation has been performed. The overall result is quite stunning: The tonal quality of the piano is a deep mellow bass and bell-like treble. The piano retains the mystical European timbre associated with the European spruces and woods renowned for their reverberative qualities. The action is very playable and all notes work extremely well. The pin block and sound board are intact and in excellent condition. It has bold architecture – particularly the legs. Schwechten Grand Pianos are few and far between. The piano has passed some time on the stage at the Lithgow Theatre in New South Wales: It was originally purchased from Elvy's Pianos in Sydney (no longer trading). The piano may be viewed by request; contact the seller by email: [email protected] or call 03 9853 5840 / 0402 180117. The restoration was a long drawn out process executed with much deliberation and patience. The piano is presently located in Dandenong South, Victoria and may be viewed by arrangement. It is priced at $60000.00.

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