SOLD… Queen Anne 4′-10″ Cherry-wood Cable Nelson Grand Piano

This cute and feminine small grand piano is in terrific condition.  The previous owner was a professional harpsichordist who toured Europe and performed on some of the finest harpsichords in the world.  This 1934 Cable-Nelson baby grand piano was her childhood instrument and it was worshipped and adored.  Professionally her instrument was a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano.  This piano has lived here in Albuquerque for over fifty years and is happily acclimated to our unique climate.  It ought to provide decades of casual play and musical enjoyment.  88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $2950.

For its age it is in excellent condition.  The genuine ivory keys are original and some of the finest you will ever see.  The sharp keys are lacquered wood and not plastic.  The sharps in the middle have the patina of black lacquer wearing away.  The tuning pins are tight and the pinblock holds tune.  The strings and hammers are original and it has a lively tone.  The piano-action has a modest amount of wear and it plays responsively.  The tone quality is American – meaning it is neither overly mellow or bright.  It is a sweet, pleasing lyrical tone.  The sustain is lengthy for a small grand piano.  The original bench is included, which is a minor miracle.  They are usually lost or have fallen apart.

1934 Cable-Nelson Baby Grand Piano1934 Cable-Nelson Baby Grand Piano

1934 Cable-Nelson Baby Grand Piano in Queen Anne styling.

 

 

The Cable Nelson piano company of Chicago, Illinois was founded in 1903.  They are a bit of Americana, having built by hand thousands of unique pianos with American craftsmanship.  At the time this piano was built the factory was owned by the Everett piano company.  They too have a long rich history in fine piano building.  In 1973 the Yamaha piano company of Japan acquired both staid, revered names and continued production until 1981.