Fine Steinway & Sons Rosewood Patent Grand Piano
Sold for $9,375
ca. 1865, bearing the serial number 11858, accompanied by a Louis XV-style mahogany bench.
piano h. 39-1/2", w. 55", l. 86", bench h. 20", w. 40", d. 16"
**In fine, professionally restored condition. Very clean throughout. Plays well. Only very minor imperfections and dings to the edges. We do not know where this piano was restored. Also, we are uncertain if the parts are from Steinway. The keys are synthetic.
Object: Steinway Parlor Grand, Style 1
Serial No: 11853
Date of Mfg.: 1865
This is an early version of what became the 7 octave Model C. 7’1”,
AAA-a4, 7 octaves (85 notes). It has 21 bass notes. The action has been
replaced and extensively modified. They did not use Steinway parts. The
hammers are Renner Premium Blues, which are top quality. The shanks
are a compromise; they are a generic universal fit, also high quality. The
whippens are not Steinway design, possibly Mason and Hamlin. They
were taken from an older grand piano, rebuilt and with heels added to
replace the sticker action. The keys have had the original rockers removed
and replaced with wooden blocks and modern-style capstans. The wooden
action frame and rails remain. The redesign is successful, if not
historically accurate. The action plays reasonably well, not to concert
level but good enough for home use. The pinblock, in a ¾ plate, has been
redrilled and strings replaced using oversize tuning pins. They are tight
and will hold tune. The soundboard has been repaired, shimmed and ribs
reattached. The bridges are original, cleaned and dressed. The ivory
keytops have been replaced with standard acrylic tops. The damper action
is original and works well; the pedal needs some regulation of its motion.