|1885 Chickering Parlor Grand Piano (6'6)
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I've owned this beautiful antique
intstrument for over 26 years now, and I've really loved playing it. It
has a wonderful action and a rich sound that makes my amateur style sound
like a concert professional.
A Real Classic
a parlor grand (6'6 - between 'baby' and 'concert' size), and was made by
Chickering & Sons in about 1885, during the last great era of the
company, while the last two surviving sons of "Chickering & Sons" were
still carrying the torch passed to them by their father.
acoustically excellent, overstrung on a modern cast iron frame, much
superior to older designs such as square pianos, but it is unmistakably
antique with its 85 keys (88 was not standard in 1885) and its jointed
cabinet, unlike the modern continuous-bowed style.
First-class - Beautiful - 1885 Chickering Grand Piano
A Little Piano
Chickering was established in Boston in 1823 by Jonas
Chickering. It was the first American piano company, the dominant force in
American piano production for the next several decades, and the first to market
quality grand pianos on a continuing basis. Some of the greatest pianists and
composers of all time, including Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, and Louis Moreau
Gottschalk, preferred Chickering grands to every other piano they tested.
When Jonas Chickering died in 1853, C Frank, the middle son became head
of the company, his older brother Thomas E. handled the business end, and George
H., the youngest, worked various positions in the factory.
In 1867 the
Chickering pianos were awarded a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition in
Paris, and the Emperor Napoleon III bestowed upon C. Frank the Imperial Cross of
the Legion of Honour for his "distinguished service to the art of music." C.
Frank Chickering presented a Chickering to Franz Liszt (1811-1886) in Rome who
pronounced it "imperial" and said, "I never thought a piano could possess such
qualities." The Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), recalled playing
for Liszt on "the glorious Chickering."
In 1871 Thomas E. Chickering ,
the eldest son, died. In 1891 C. Frank Chickering, the second son, died. Then in
1896 the last of Jonas Chickering's sons, George H. died.
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