Lyon & Healy Upright piano is an Elegant Old Lady and a bit of Americana.
Vintage manufacture year of 1878 and viable musicality is represented in this 19th century period piece, meaning she plays well and looks great! This beautiful piano arrived in Albuquerque by way of the new railroad in 1889 and was unloaded at the train depot downtown. It was delivered by a horse drawn wagon east of downtown to the Ridgecrest neighborhood where it stayed in the home and family for three generations. A fire department Captain acquired it from family members after the home was to be sold. It was taken to the captain’s firehouse where he played it during down times. This was great entertainment for the other firefighters and himself. Upon his retirement two years later, 88 Keys Piano Warehouse became aware of the instrument, and we acquired the Lady. 1878 is also the year Lyon & Healy patented this “Cottage Upright“, a small boudoir-size upright that enjoyed great success because it didn’t visually dominate the room like larger uprights did.
This vintage Lyon and Healy upright piano features a completely original structure and parts, and it came to us in fairly amazing condition. All that was needed was tuning, a few minor repairs and action regulation by the technicians here at 88 Keys restoration shop. This process was done over several weeks. The tired finish was brought back by using natural oils and to ward off future drying out and cracking. We believe the finish is rosewood. The original key-tops are genuine ivory and are in great condition. The sharp keys are hardwood lacquered black (possibly maple or hornbeam) and also in great condition. It is tuned to the standard pitch of that era, meaning a little flat so it has a warm, mellow tone and is ideal for classical music. This piano was literally built with hand tools – there was no electricity in the factory for tools or lighting, just the light furnished by way of the large open windows. All carvings were probably rendered using a variety of handsaws, chisels, wooden mallets, rasps and hand-drills.
Lyon and Healy, Est. 1864 in Chicago, Illinois has a historical presence in American musical instrument building. Their amazing harps are what they are best known for. They began building them in 1889 and quickly became regarded as the finest harp in the world. They were known to be durable and stable in harsh climates, unlike the more delicate ones built in Europe. Although the pianos were discontinued in the 1970’s, these harps are still being built in Chicago to this very day.
The authentic antique piano stool built sometime in the 19th century is included. It has ball and claw feet. Professional local, first-floor piano delivery is included, also.
6′-1″ “Imperial Collection” Conservatory Grand Piano.
This graceful piano is elegantly adorned with beautiful spade legs and a modern-styled cabinet with clean crisp lines. The classic polished ebony polyester resin finish would make an excellent addition to any homes’ decor. Multiple coats were applied and after the required drying time, the cabinet was hand-buffed to a mirrored high-gloss sheen. This Hallet Davis model HD185 grand piano was skillfully crafted from the world’s finest materials. Hand selected hardwood and genuine wood veneers were incorporated to build this musical instruments’ cabinet. It features the finest 100% wool German hammer and damper felts, German steel strings and pure copper-wound bass strings, long-grained solid Sitka spruce soundboard and ribs, 17-ply hard rock maple delignit glue pinblock, White spruce and maple keyboard and action parts, hardwood rim and beams, wet sand cast plate (harp), solid brass pedals and a host of other quality materials and construction techniques. All woods were kiln dried to international standards so the piano can thrive in dry climates like ours. Using German scale and technical designs coupled with precision machinery, Hallet Davis has succeeded in developing a high-quality European-styled piano at an affordable price.
This piano came to us from northern New Mexico. It was serviced by Alexander Boggs, owner of 88 Keys Piano Warehouse. The piano had very little playing time so there is minimal wear in the action and other moving parts. We had to do very little to it in our restoration shop and it was in nearly sellable condition when we acquired it. The original bench is included and so is complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery.
Hallet Davis model HD185 Grand Piano. S# 40230 Mfg. 2012
88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $10,950.
At 6’-1” in length, it is larger than a baby or parlor grand piano. This is a conservatory grand that would meet the needs of most performance venues featuring live music and institutional settings like houses of worship and schools. The robust bass response from the longer string length and larger soundboard size and the warm, rich tonal quality and bell-like clarity would uplift nearly all musical genres. It could be suitable for a serious amateur pianist or a professional. These are durable, low-maintenance, well-built pianos and it ought to give decades of musical enrichment to the next owner.
Originally established in Boston in 1839, Hallet Davis & Co. is one of the oldest American names in piano manufacturing. Hallowed, staid and revered, the company has a rich history. They have received numerous competitive awards and medals at World’s Fairs and the greatest expositions world-wide. During the Paris Exhibition of 1867 Franz Liszt, the great pianist-composer, played on a Hallet Davis piano and enthusiastically endorsed it. So did Johann Strauss in Berlin, 1871. In 1911, His Holiness Pope Pius X selected a Hallet Davis for the Vatican and awarded its makers a gold medal. Mr. Hallet and Mr. Davis are long gone of course, so the company has had various ownerships. For most of the 20th century they were part of the Aeolian-American Piano Company empire. Fine old brands like Chickering, Mason & Hamlin and others were built by them also. Shortly after Aeolian’s demise in 1985, North American Music in New York acquired the rights to build the piano and the Galanti family have been wonderful stewards of this renowned old American brand. The instruments are currently built to the highest standards and integrity by highly rated, modern factories in China.
The RX-1 Classic Grand is considered a Kawai Legacy Instrument, the popular entry-level model of the award-winning RX-Series Grand Pianos that were first introduced in 1995. Collectively, they were chosen “Acoustic Piano Line of the Year” by MMR Magazine’s Dealers’ Choice Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005. (MMR is Musical Merchandise Review – our industry’s most respected Trade Magazine). This Kawai model RX-1 grand piano is a one-owner and was purchased new here in Albuquerque at the very fine Kawai dealership, Piano Source. It is happily acclimated to our unique arid climate. Per our policy, we only source our pianos locally. It’s in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically. All it needed in our restoration shop was tuning and nothing more. It should provide many decades of exceptional musical performance and we are happy to offer a two-year warranty.
RX-series grand pianos offer a number of exclusive features that enhance the piano’s performance. All RX-series models have Kawai’s revolutionary Millennium lll piano-actions that outperform other actions in the areas of reliability, durability and long-term consistency of touch. At the heart of this 21st Century piano-action is a technology that Kawai calls their “Ultra-responsive ABS Action”. A description of their ABS material that is infused with carbon-fibers follows below. Additionally, they have their Extruded Aluminum Action Rail that is both strong and consistent. The Kawai trade-marked white and black key material is called Neotex and it feels more like ivory and ebony used to. The hammers are made with mahogany mouldings, which improves the responsiveness of the action and the tonal sustain. Their CORE system (Convergence for Optimum Reflective Energy) features an Inner-rim built from a hardwood called “Matoa” that reflects the vibration-energy back to the center of the soundboard for a longer duration of tone. This soundboard is also tapered for improved tonal response. The keybed is double-braced and steel-reinforced to prevent warping and flex. The fallboard has their Soft Close System which is a slow-close function that prevents smashed fingers. The “Hard Finish Music Rack” is an exclusive feature of all RX-series grands, and it prevents music books and music writing implements from scratching the polished ebony finish. The original concert bench is adjustable for the different pianists in the family. Professional, first-floor local piano delivery is included.
Kawai model RX-1 Grand Piano S# 2594106 Mfg. 2008
88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $17,450.
Kawai was founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai, an inventor and former Yamaha employee who was the first person in Japan to design and build a piano action. While Kawai is second in size to Yamaha among Japanese piano manufacturers, it has a well-deserved reputation all its own for quality and innovation. Kawai’s quality control is excellent. Major problems are rare, and other than normal maintenance, after-sale service is usually limited to fixing the occasional minor buzz or squeak. Kawai’s warranty service is also excellent, and the warranty is transferable to future owners within the warranty period (a benefit that is not common these days). The tone of Kawai pianos is close to ideal for classical music especially in a comparison with more expensive instruments, and in any case, they are quite versatile musically. In part because the touch is so good, Kawai grands are often sought by classical pianists as a less-expensive alternative to a Steinway & Sons or other high-end European piano.
One of Kawai’s most important innovations is the use of ABS Styran plastic in the manufacture of action parts. More than 40 years of use and scientific testing have shown this material to be superior to wood for this purpose. ABS does not swell and shrink with changes in humidity, so actions made with it are likely to maintain proper regulation better than wood actions. The parts are stronger and without glue joints, so breakage is rare. These parts are present in every Kawai piano. In the current Millennium III action found in some models, the ABS is reinforced with carbon fiber so it can be stronger with less mass. Having less mass to move (that is, less inertia), the action can be more responsive to the player’s intentions, including faster repetition. Certain contact surfaces on the action parts are also micro-engineered for ideal shape and texture, resulting in a more consistent touch. Although it took a number of years to overcome the idea that plastic parts must be inferior, there is essentially no dispute anymore among piano technicians on this subject.
This piano is an economical well-built instrument that will offer decades of reliable enjoyment. Structurally it is sound and aesthetically in very good condition. Its condition is attributable to the modest amount of playing time it has received. It has lived here in Albuquerque for most of its entire life so it is happily acclimated to our unique climate. The Kawai model 801-I console piano is known to be reliable and virtually maintenance free. We had to do very little in the way of service in our piano restoration shop, tightening of the action screws, setting the strings, some minor regulating and then a concert tuning. Rather than a simple key cover, this model sports a two-piece Boston fallboard that closes easily and will not scratch the sides of the cabinet. The finish is a traditional American style satin lacquer light-toned walnut. The cabinet style is Italian Provincial. The music rack is stylish and there is a sturdy music desk designed for heavy music books or long musical scores. The middle pedal is a mute rail for quiet play or practice. The original bench with storage is included. We also include professional first-floor, local delivery.
Renowned for their expressive tone and dynamic range that allow pianists to communicate with ease, this Kawai piano plays expressively, accurately and smoothly – like a warm knife through butter. The tone is European-inspired and mellow; not nearly as bright as some other Japanese-manufactured models. Many classical musicians own a Kawai piano as a low-cost alternative to an expensive Steinway & Sons or European model. It has a warmth that is very pleasant. The duration of tone is lengthy and lends itself to classical music. The treble has a nice singing quality. The bass response is excellent given the size of the scale. At 43-1/2 inches tall it is actually taller than the average console that ranges from 40-42 inches, so the string length and soundboard area are enhanced. The overall tone quality is balanced across the compass of the keyboard.
Kawai model 801-I Console Piano S# K 896413 Mfg. 1976 Satin walnut finish
88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $2450.
This piano is in nearly new condition. It was purchased from the Washburn Piano Company here in Albuquerque in 2005. We acquired it from the original owners, and it never left the address it was originally delivered to until now. Pianos don’t like being moved around a lot. Having lived here its entire life it is happily acclimated to our unique climate and ought to provide decades of musical enjoyment to its new owners. This Conover Cable model CC-145 studio upright piano is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically. It wasn’t played very much so there is minimal wear in the action and trapwork. We didn’t have to do much in our restoration shop to prep it for sale, just a concert tuning and minor regulation. We will be happy to offer a two-year warranty. It has a pretty tone-quality and a nice touch. The bass is robust. The tenor is rich and resonant. The treble has a nice and clear bell-like quality. The action plays accurately, expressively and responsively. The original bench with music storage is included. So is local, first-floor delivery to your home.
Conover Cable model CC-145 Studio Upright Piano
88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $3750.
Established 1883 as the Conover Piano Company by J Frank Conover in Oregon, Illinois. Conover was joined by H D Cable in 1890 to form the Conover Cable Piano Co. J Frank Conover passed away in 1918. The company later became The Cable Piano Company in 1966 when Aeolian-American acquired them and built them until Aeolian’s demise in 1982. In 1996, Conover Cable was reintroduced by Samick Music Corp. and the pianos were built in their modern Indonesia factory until 2008. They were identical to Samick pianos and sold in markets where an additional piano line was needed. Sadly, Conover Cable pianos are no longer being built today.