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Date Listed 29-May-17
Address Toronto, ON M4S1T8
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For Sale By Owner

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Chickering Brothers of Boston, MA - Square Grand Piano, Rosewood, Circa 1857

This historically significant, pre-civil War instrument is being offered for sale.

This instrument was built in Boston in 1857 and represents American piano building at its apex.

Chickering was the first American piano builder, established in 1823 and the premiere American piano builder in the mid-19th century, endorsed by Liszt, Gottschalk, and Busoni.

This instrument has a forte piano-like action with soft leather hammers and softly felt dampers and produces a sweet, sustained 'harp-like' sound.

The case is rosewood veneer and features a half iron cast frame with Chickering's distinctive 1850’s “sunburst” design, as well as the original hammers, dampers, soundboard, ivory/ebony keyboard, and hardware.

The original hammers and strings have survived, but have been replaced with historical/modern copies.

Dimensions: Width: 70” by height: 36” by depth: 32”
Keyboard range: six octaves (F’ to f’’’’)
Damper release pedal
Moderator/Aeolian harp pedal Pitch: a=440

The instrument is in very fine condition. During the restoration of the instrument very little was done to disturb the existing original features. For example, under the lid retains its original French Polish. Some scratches also are evident under the lid. We also decided not to touch or change these details, as it is part of the instrument’s history and does not detract from the beauty of the instrument as a whole.

All the keys are the original ivory and are in pristine condition. The leather on the hammers was replaced with 40-year old soft deerskin.

Pre-civil war pianos (for example, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Foster were alive when this piano was built!) are rare, especially in this fine condition.

This is a rare opportunity to own a significant instrument that is a part of North American piano building history.

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