Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano

Lovely grand piano handmade by Parisian artisans in Paris.

  The Pleyel piano was the favorite of Frédéric Chopin, a piano “whose touch married perfectly with Chopin’s playing, sometimes airy and refined and sometimes of measured violence.” Camille Pleyel, son of the founder Ignace Pleyel, and Chopin became inseparable friends after meeting in 1831. “Camille became Frédéric’s appointed provider, who gave in return all his Parisian public concerts in the Pleyel salons. He packed the house until his very last performance, a few months before his death in 1849.” The Pleyel salons were the centre of Parisian musical life during much of the nineteenth-century, hosting many virtuosos for the first time and many visiting foreign artists. This information was taken from the Pleyel history on its website. https://www.pleyel.com/en/the-beautiful-story

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Mahogany at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Elegant focal point in the center of the formal living room.

When I feel in good form and strong enough to find my own sound, I need a Pleyel piano.” Frédéric Chopin liked to repeat.

This exquisite Pleyel grand piano somehow made its way to Albuquerque, New Mexico for an unknown reason, at some undetermined time, by previous owners of the piano who are a mystery to us. What we do know is the piano was in storage for more than a decade here in town, then acquired by a local piano technician who had it for several years, and now we are putting the piano up for sale to a lucky new owner. Because it has lived here in our challenging climate for so long, we know the piano is happily acclimated and fully adjusted to our low humidity, so we will happily offer a two-year warranty. Local first-floor delivery is also included and so is an antique piano stool.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Ivories at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Behold, the aged, yet flawless genuine ivory keys!

Pleyel grand piano, 5’-4” length, S# 152636, Mfg. 1911 Mahogany Marquetry finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $9950.

The piano was built in 1911 and at some point in time, it was completely restored but we don’t know by whom or where. It’s obvious the restoration was expertly performed and we suspect it was done by one of the fine piano rebuilding shops on the east coast. The soundboard is original thankfully, and it was skillfully restored rendering a tone that is sweet and pure. It’s tone-quality is European obviously, meaning mellow or dark, and the perfect fit for the Chopin etudes that were written on one of this Pleyel piano’s predecessors built in the same factory. The duration of tone (sustain) is remarkably lengthy. The hammer and damper felts have minimal wear and were replaced during the restoration. The strings were also replaced and in excellent condition and their tuning pins are tight. The natural keys are original, genuine ivory and in wonderful condition. The sharp keys are wooden and lacquered black. The overall condition is excellent – structurally and aesthetically.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Depuis 1807 à Paris par Ignaz Pleyel.

The inlaid wood patterns are an example of the intricate art form of Marquetry in woodworking.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Keyboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Note that the keyboard is 85 notes, not 88 like today.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Treble at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Full lid prop position for maximum tonal output.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Harp at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Pleyel and successors Auguste Wolff and Gustave Lyon.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Marquetry at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Intricate artistry showcasing the natural beauty of wood.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Desk at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Music desk and rack.

Crafted in France Pleyel Grand Piano Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Marquetry artistry extended to the under-lid.

Mason & Hamlin model BB Semi-Concert Grand Piano

Mason & Hamlin model BB Semi-Concert Grand Piano

Mason & Hamlin 7′ Grand Piano – made in the USA

 

Hand-crafted in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  This classic Mason & Hamlin grand piano is nearly new.  It was built in 2000 and purchased locally in 2001 then lived in Albuquerque’s north valley the entire time since.  It is finished in mahogany satin lacquer with a topcoat of polyester resins for durability.  It includes the original adjustable Artist bench.  Excellent technicians have cared for the piano regularly.  The legendary model BB is designed for spacious homes, conservatories of music, professional recording studios, auditoriums and for serious pianists.  It has a wonderful mellow and cultured tone quality and a long-lasting duration of tone comparable to full concert grand pianos.  The timbre consists of a bell-like clarity in the treble, a warm harmonic resonance in the tenor and an exceptionally powerful bass response sometimes called “the growl”.  This distinctive Mason & Hamlin tone is the result of a piano that is built using the original Boston model BB design with scrupulous attention to detail and accuracy.  Downbeat Magazine reported, “The Mason & Hamlin model BB semi-concert grand piano plays with the consistency and response of the finest concert grand pianos.”

“The growling power of the Mason & Hamlin bass is most evident in the 7′ model BB.”  Larry Fine, AuthorThe Piano Book

Rosewood sharp keys with ebony-wood caps.

Mason Hamlin grand top at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Warm satin mahogany lacquer finish.

Acclaimed and collected by generations of serious piano aficionados, Mason & Hamlin is the ultimate piano investment.  The combination of Old-World craftsmanship with time-tested designs and materials makes Mason & Hamlin one of the few investment-grade pianos built today.  As evidence of Mason & Hamlin’s unparalleled commitment to quality, fewer than 300 pianos are manufactured each year.  Thus, each piano is truly a one-of-a-kind original – a limited edition – and no doubt will perform and increase in value for decades to come.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $45,000. 

Current MSRP on new Mason & Hamlin model BB – $127,031.

The current models are perfect reproductions of their very best 20th-century models, and they are still the costliest piano to produce.  The original Mason & Hamlin scale designs were developed by Richard Gertz in the early 1900’s, including the Duplex Scale, Screw Stringer and the Tension Resonator, a remarkable device that was designed to maintain the crown of the soundboard for the life of the piano.  The performance of a lifetime is assured by Mason & Hamlin’s patented Crown Retention System.  It is unique among piano manufacturers, and it assures that your soundboard will retain its original contoured “crown” and continue to provide performance qualities like power, projection and sustain duration.  Consequently, seventy-five-year-old Masons often sound as rich, and project and resonate tone as well as they did when new.  They are usually excellent candidates for the expenses of restoration when it is eventually needed.

The Mason & Hamlin model BB semi-concert grand piano soundboard is constructed of the finest grade, air-cured, kiln-conditioned Canada eastern white spruce.  It is treated and monitored in the factory to maintain the correct moisture content ensuring stability and longevity.  It is precisely installed by hand and is pre-crowned and tapered for optimal tonal resonance.  The pinblock is built using 7-ply quarter-sawn hard-rock maple.  Each layer is carefully positioned at a 90-degree angle for maximum strength in gripping the tuning pins.  The rim is remarkably thick with 18-ply laminations, the beams are overly sturdy, and the sand-cast grey iron plate has a full perimeter design for extra strength.  The piano is built like a Sherman tank on steroids!

“Mason & Hamlin pianos are the Top-Rated American Made Piano in the Highest Quality Category for Performance and Confidence.”    Larry Fine, “The Piano Book” (Fourth Edition)

Accuracy and consistency define Mason & Hamlin’s own Wessel, Nickel & Gross piano-action.  WNG was a major supplier to American piano builders and a time-honored name in precision piano-part manufacturing and action-design.  Their piano-action is regarded among the world’s very best, and it is a pleasure to play.  This high-performance action enables the pianist a faster repetition for execution of difficult musical passages not possible on lesser ones. Its wide dynamic range allows an expressive and emotive experience for the listener.  The action rail is a unique, original design and consists of a square brass tube for rigidity, enclosing a hard-rock maple dowel for the components to be accurately and permanently mounted to.  This square brass tube is C&C drilled, glass beaded and finished in lacquer for lasting stability.  The beautiful sharp keys are made from genuine rosewood with ebony-wood caps.  Our 88 Keys restoration shop has performed a complete regulation on the piano-action, and it is ready for the performance.

 

mason hamlin grand piano at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Hand-made by American craftsmen in Boston.

Mason Hamlin sound board

Excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically.

Mason & Hamlin – Then and now…

In 1854, two brilliant idealists, Henry Mason and Emmons Hamlin, founded the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company in Boston, Massachusetts: the birthplace of American piano design and manufacturing.  Although their backgrounds and interests were very different, the two men shared a common goal: to make the world’s finest musical instruments.  In 1996 one of the most successful businesses in the industry was PianoDisc, a manufacturer of computerized player systems for acoustic pianos.  Gary and Kirk Burgett, the owners, were longtime fans of Mason & Hamlin pianos.  When they heard the company was for sale, they bought it.  Just like the original founders, the Burgett brothers brought unique and diverse experience and interests to their partnership.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano

Classic ebony Kawai 5’-1” Baby Grand Piano.

  A pleasing fusion of clarity and complexity, European-inspired and pleasant. This is undoubtedly why Steinway & Sons chose this factory to build their high-end Boston line of pianos. Renowned for their expressive tone and dynamic range that allow pianists to communicate with ease, this Kawai model KG-1C grand piano plays expressively, responsively and smoothly – like a warm knife through butter, comfortable and satisfying to play. The KG-series of pianos were immensely popular for Kawai here in the US and Canada. They were built in the main factory in Hamamatsu, Japan. The KG-series was re-branded to the RX-series later on and those were also a big hit.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano Front at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically.

Kawai pianos are often praised for having a tone that is warm, rich and mellow, not nearly as bright as some other Japanese manufactured models. They can have a more complex and nuanced sound that can express subtle emotions. Many serious pianists purchase the Kawai KG-series because of their tonal similarities to vastly more expensive Steinway models and the inability to afford them. 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. The overall tone quality is balanced across the compass of the keyboard. For an affordable instrument, it delivers a lot of musicality.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai, a former employee at Yamaha.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano, S# 550578, Mfg. 1971, Satin ebony finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $4950.

This piano was purchased new in Albuquerque at the long-time Kawai and Steinway & Sons representative, Riedling Music in 1971. It is in excellent condition; structurally and aesthetically. We will be happy to offer a two-year warranty. The cabinetry is classic ebony with a traditional satin finish. We had to do very little in the way of service – mainly cleaning, a couple tunings for stability and some minor regulating. The original duet bench with storage is included. The middle pedal has a true Sostenuto function. The original bench with storage is included and so is local, first-floor delivery.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The soundboard, strings and bridges are in excellent condition.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano Tenor at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Classic, traditional satin ebony finish.

Kawai model KG-1C Grand Piano Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Full lid prop for maximum tonal output.

PianoDisc CD Player-piano System

PianoDisc CD Player-piano System

Performed by Samick model SIG-47DPD Grand Piano.

  Enjoy live, acoustic piano music in your home whenever you want without hiring a pianist. Listen to romantic standards over dinner music, lively jazz while doing housework or Mozart and Beethoven while working in your office. It’s great for entertaining, too. Play catchy pop music from your favorite musicians or ragtime and show tunes from musicals, or make it a theme like a birthday, Halloween or Christmas party. CD’s through the PianoDisc company are available in nearly every genre and composer (PianoDisc – The Future of Player Pianos ). It is truly a genuine acoustical performance. The keys move up and down, the hammers strike the strings, the dampers rise and fall to dampen the strings and the soundboard amplifies and vibrates to create the sound waves our ears enjoy so much. It is a vastly different experience than music through a stereo’s smaller speakers, compared to the large soundboard that dominates the footprint of the piano.
PianoDisc CD Player piano System Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Full lid prop position for maximum tonal output.

This striking Samick model SIG-47DPD 4’-7” baby grand piano is in excellent condition and has a minimal amount of wear in the piano-action and other moving parts. The piano was the graceful focal point in a formal living room surrounded by fine art, statuary, sculpture and exquisite furnishings. It’s primary function was to perform live acoustic piano music during parties and gatherings. This occurred occasionally at most. The previous owners have moved and sadly, they could not bring the piano with them. As a result, the piano is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically. We are happy to offer a two-year warranty. It has a lovely mellow tone-quality – European inspired. The premium music wire is manufactured by Roslau, a venerable German company whose strings are found in the finest pianos in the world. The piano-action has barely been broken in so we performed a regulation in our 88 Keys Piano Restoration shop and multiple tunings to stabilize, and it is ready to entertain you. The original bench with storage is included and so is professional local, first-story delivery.
PianoDisc CD Player piano System Bass at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Beautiful aesthetically and musically.

PianoDisc CD Player-piano System, Samick model SIG-47DPD Grand Piano, S# IJPEG 0458, 4’-7” length, Mfg. 2006, Ebony polish finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $8950.

Accompany the piano with other instruments like your guitar or flute, for instance. Or acquire song files that are designed to accompany you as you play your jazzy sax, classical French horn or even your own vocals like a sing-along. Work on your singing voice! It will even transpose the key for you. This is a MIDI compatible instrument so you will be able to interface with other MIDI components like for instance, a computer. With a little technical savvy you can download free quality MIDI files from numerous websites that specialize in them to augment the PianoDisc library of song files. Classical Archives is one, with thousands of classical music pieces available. Other sites offer a wide variety of other musical genres. The MIDI ports are located on the back of the control box. You could also upgrade to the current wireless version and eliminate the need for the CD Drive. Another upgrade would be a Record Strip so you could make your own recordings and work with sequencing software like Garage Band or Cakewalk.

PianoDisc CD Player piano System Treble at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Half lid prop – a handsome way to display your piano.

PianoDisc PianoCD player-piano system – Samick factory installation.

PianoDisc Player piano System Brand at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The word “Samick” means “Three benefits” in Korean.

PianoDisc CD Player piano system CD at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

PianoDisc PianoCD tray with music sampler disk.

PianoDisc CD Player piano System Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The inner rim is finished in red mahogany to contrast the polished ebony cabinet.

PianoDisc CD Player piano system Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The music wire is manufactured by Roslau, the high-performance German company.

PianoDisc CD Player piano System Fallboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The slow-close fallboard protects the keyboard and little fingers.

PianoDisc CD Player piano System Soundboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

A unique soundboard construction designed by the renowned Klaus Fenner.

Hamilton Model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin

Hamilton Model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin

Hamilton 4’-10” Baby Grand Piano.

  Dwight Hamilton Baldwin founded the D. H. Baldwin Piano Company in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1862, a perilous time in American history with the Civil War raging. Mr. Baldwin was a piano and organ dealer, and he originally used his middle name on a line of organs he began building around 1888. Some sources say he was a Presbyterian minister in addition to being a piano teacher. Hamilton piano models came out in the early 1890’s and eventually included grands, uprights and the Hamilton Manualo player-piano. The Hamilton studio upright “School piano” was their most popular and well-known model because they were popular in institutional venues like music departments in schools, conservatories of music, teaching studios, houses of worship, entertainment venues and serious pianists needing a rugged rehearsal instrument. They were found anywhere pianos were meant to experience harsh and constant use. Their full upright pianos of 56 to 59-inches height were popular around the turn of the century (1900) and they were adorned in elaborate furniture and cabinetry styles featuring wood carvings and embellishments. Our shop has seen many of them over the years and it’s quite impressive when they are still viable as one-hundred and twenty year-old musical instruments and still holding tune.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Dwight Hamilton Baldwin, founder, est. 1862.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Tenor at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Lid closed for quieter practice and a handsome way to display your piano.

This piano was originally purchased as a beautiful décor piece with no intention of ever playing it. A formal room isn’t complete without eighty-eight black and white piano keys. So it was the elegant focal point of its room surrounded by fine art, sculpture and other furnishings. As a result, the piano is in flawless condition with a minimum of wear. The piano-action hasn’t even been broken in yet, so you can do it! The tone is mellow and it has a nice sustain even though it’s a smaller piano. The robust bass response is a little surprising given its size. It has a pretty treble, bell-like and clear. The tone certainly wouldn’t fill a concert hall but it has a pretty tone with a nice dynamic range. It’s fun to play!

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Rim at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The inner rim inside is finished in a satin mahogany finish to compliment the ebony polish cabinet.

Hamilton model H396 Baby Grand piano, 4’-10” length, S# KB8120, Mfg. 2005, Ebony polish finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $5950.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Front at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The graceful focal point of any formal living room.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Treble at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically.

After the Baldwin Piano Co. bankruptcy in 2001 Gibson Guitars acquired the company’s remaining assets through the bankruptcy court with the stated intention of restoring the Baldwin Piano Company to its former glory. Gibson is a multi-national company and has factories all over the globe for the numerous products they offer. They are especially respected for the design and quality of their guitars that many of the world’s finest guitarists play. Gibson acquired an existing piano factory in Guangdong Province, China and expanded it, then renamed it Baldwin Zhongshan Piano Instrument Company in order to build Baldwin, Hamilton and J. C. Fisher pianos. That is where this piano was built in 2005.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

A well-designed and engineered piano.

Hamilton model H396 Grand Piano by Baldwin Soundboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The soundboard is long-grained high-grade spruce wood.

Baldwin – America’s Favorite Piano.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin

Baldwin’s Acrosonic – the most popular piano model in history.

  This is the quintessential “good used piano” and it would be an excellent choice for the beginning piano student or casual player. It was built in 1957 though in piano years it is much younger, having been played sparingly. There is minimal wear for its age on the hammers and damper felts plus the other moving action parts. All of the tuning pins are tight so it will hold its tune. Loose tuning pins are a common problem in our dry and arid climate, and they are costly and aggravating. It spent two weeks in our 88 Keys restoration shop and received the normal tuning and pitch-raises, minor action regulations and thorough cleaning of the interior. There is a music desk with a long sheet music lip so heavy books or long music charts can be accommodated. We are happy to offer a two-year warranty. It qualifies for a full trade-in too, for when you decide to move up to a better piano. The original, matching bench with music storage is included. Local, first-story professional delivery is included and so is one in-home tuning.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 4 Treble at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Mahogany cabinetry in a satin lacquer finish.

Ideal budget or starter piano.

Baldwins have long been favorites of piano teachers and have a well-earned reputation for being sturdy, well-built, maintenance-free instruments and the Acrosonic spinet from the Baldwin Piano Company is by far, the best of its kind. Many people like the low-profile appearance of the spinet, but other manufacturers offer poorly built models only to achieve a low price point. Baldwin defines the American sound. Its famous scale design makes for a clear, pretty tenor and treble with a nice sustain. The bass section is surprisingly gutsy and resonant for the piano’s 36-inch height. Of note, the string length and soundboard area is equal to or exceeds many 40-inch models of other brands. To accomplish this, the casters are recessed into the piano’s bottom so the interior extends nearly all the way to the floor where the strings and soundboard terminate. One can’t even get a toe under this model due to its ½-inch floor clearance.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 4 Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

My grandmother had a Baldwin piano, so did my Mom, and I’m going to have one too!

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin, 36-inches, S# 616769, Mfg. 1957, Mahogany finish

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $1450.

The touch is expressive and has a nice feel, unlike nearly every other spinet ever built. Historically, most spinet piano-actions have used substandard plastic parts that eventually break and need replacing – all 88 of them! Baldwin has always built their Acrosonic piano-actions with traditional hardwood components like maple or hornbeam, and well-engineered designs. This instrument was built for the home and the family. Many are passed down from generation to generation.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 4 Rack at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Sturdy music desk for large books with a sheet music lip for long musical scores.

The unique design of its spinet piano made the Baldwin and Acrosonic range of models the most popular in American piano building history. Akros, a Greek word meaning “extreme, summit or topmost” became Acro, also meaning “Expanded”, in a way. The Acropolis is a citadel at the summit or highest point of Athens, Greece. Sonic derives from Sonus in Greek and denotes “Sound”. Therefore, the model’s name, Acrosonic refers to the “Expanded sound” of this smaller piano. The name was patented and is registered in the US Patent Office.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 4 Fallboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The key cover protects the keyboard.