Baldwin 7′ Performance Piano
Liberace was the most heralded of a large stable of Baldwin Concert Artists at the time this piano was built in 1968. Leonard Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, John Williams, Steven Sondheim, Aaron Copeland, Billy Joel and dozens more were ardent enthusiasts of the “American sound” of the Baldwin model F semi-concert grand piano. Steinway & Sons could claim nearly every classical music performer in their artist endorsement program. But the Baldwin appealed to most distinguished jazz, Broadway musicals and pop genre musicians, composers and pianists.
The hallmarks of this sound are a big, robust bass end and a singing treble. The duration of tone (sustain) is long and pleasing. The “walking bass line” employed by many jazz pianists was ideal for the Baldwin piano. It was strong and clear unlike other makers who had a strong, but muddy bass response. The Baldwin was America’s favorite piano at the time. Customers had sticker-shock when looking at Steinway & Sons models and Japanese pianos were considered to be solid but sometimes lacking in color, sustain and depth of tone. Piano teachers have always been reliable Baldwin owners, enjoying the maintenance-free aspect and the durability. The Audio Engineering Society rated the tone-quality of five of the finest pianos built worldwide for an issue of their magazine. The Baldwin was the clear winner.
This instrument spent most of its life in Salida and Denver, Colorado where the climate is similar to Albuquerque. It has been here for over a decade and is happily acclimated to our unique humidity and weather. It is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically. It plays and sounds wonderful. The action is light, nimble and easy to control. The treble register has a bright natural tone and the bass has power, richness and depth. Though the Baldwin model F semi-concert grand piano is a concert hall instrument it has only been privately owned, primarily by one owner. It received very little play and as a result there is minimal wear in the action. It was enjoyed mainly for its beautiful and regal appearance. Longer pianos have lovely lines around the graceful rim. The lacquer finish is classic ebony polish. This is a warmer look than the current polyester resin finishes. The original bench is included. This piano would be ideal for a live music venue or studio, a larger church or a serious pianist. 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $15,000.