Piano

Stewart Upright Harp 1843

The Met Museum on 5th Avenue in New York has an astounding collection of instruments. This one caught my eye. It’s an ‘upright harp’, or more technically a chordophone-zither; though I really doubt if I could have visualised it from

Stewart Upright Harp 1843

The Met Museum on 5th Avenue in New York has an astounding collection of instruments. This one caught my eye. It’s an ‘upright harp’, or more technically a chordophone-zither; though I really doubt if I could have visualised it from

Chickering & Sons Square Grand Piano 1838

Boston based Chickering & Sons were the largest piano makers in the United States up until Steinway overtook them in the 1860s. They introduced several innovations for the instrument, such as adding a large metal plate to give structural support

Chickering & Sons Square Grand Piano 1838

Boston based Chickering & Sons were the largest piano makers in the United States up until Steinway overtook them in the 1860s. They introduced several innovations for the instrument, such as adding a large metal plate to give structural support

Aucher Frères Captain’s Piano 1850

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the French company of Aucher Frères pioneered strengthening the wooden frames of ship’s pianos with metal beams. This example is from 1850 and again we see the classic folding keyboard, lifting up into the

Aucher Frères Captain’s Piano 1850

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the French company of Aucher Frères pioneered strengthening the wooden frames of ship’s pianos with metal beams. This example is from 1850 and again we see the classic folding keyboard, lifting up into the

Montague ship’s upright 1930s

Another ship’s piano, but unlike most, this one has both pedals. It’s a tidy little machine that disappears entirely when the cabinet doors are closed — after which I would defy anyone to guess its contents. And at 73 notes,

Montague ship’s upright 1930s

Another ship’s piano, but unlike most, this one has both pedals. It’s a tidy little machine that disappears entirely when the cabinet doors are closed — after which I would defy anyone to guess its contents. And at 73 notes,

Schindler Yacht Piano 1950

  Ever since I had a fake wooden piano case built for my electronic keyboard, I’ve been fascinated by smaller sized pianos. Since we used parts from a real piano to make it, I feel like I’m playing a miniature

Schindler Yacht Piano 1950

  Ever since I had a fake wooden piano case built for my electronic keyboard, I’ve been fascinated by smaller sized pianos. Since we used parts from a real piano to make it, I feel like I’m playing a miniature