Hallet, Davis & Co. 45″ stylized walnut finished upright piano
This staid, venerable, famous old American piano brand dates back to at least 1835 in Boston. Being among the first piano builders in the “Hub of Culture” in Boston, many pianists chose it for their instrument. World-renowned Composer Franz Liszt played one at the great Paris Exposition in 1867 and proclaimed it “to be the finest”. In 1911 His Holiness Pope Pius X selected a Hallet, Davis & Co. piano for the Vatican and awarded the company a gold medal in recognition of the beautiful qualities of the instrument. In 1925 the Premier Grand Company acquired the company and moved it to New York. Later, it became a part of the Aeolian American group of piano brands. They were built in Memphis, TN for nearly half of the 20th century until Aeolian’s demise in 1985. It was becoming nearly impossible to build pianos in the United States due to high labor costs and the incredible number of man-hours required. This Hallet Davis model H-116 studio upright piano has over 5000 individual parts and they were all handled by human hands during production. North American Music based in New York City acquired the brand rights and began producing Hallet, Davis & Co. pianos, first in South Korea and now in China. North American Music has been a wonderful steward for this fine old American piano name. They have chosen factories willing to build the models to exacting standards and specifications. Today they are a well-built, affordable piano and an excellent value.
This piano is a one-owner and was purchased here in Albuquerque twelve years ago. Until now it has lived in only one home. Pianos don’t like being moved a lot. It is happily acclimated to our unique climate and is dimensionally stable. The condition is excellent – structurally and aesthetically. It should yield many decades of musical creativity and enjoyment. It was barely played and was mainly purchased for its beauty. The moving parts have minimal wear. The new owner can “break it in”! The tone is pleasing and to the mellow side of center. At 45” tall, the tone is strong and the bass is robust. The original bench with storage is included. 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $2450.
Queen Anne styling graces this Hallet Davis model H-116 studio upright piano