This rare rosewood 88-note Steinway concert grand from 1865 is fully restored (soundboard, strings, hammers, etc.) with a custom hand-carved bench. It has the original rocker action with Abel Natural hammers. The touch is light, even and fast. It is performance ready and was used for two professional recitals of Mozart's works for violin and piano. The timbre and touch are especially suited to classical music composed prior to the 1870s. See the link to pieces by Chopin, Schumann and Bach.
The restoration was done in 2005 in NYC. Since then has been climate-controlled, protected from the sun, and regularly tuned by Terry Flynn in the owners' Weston, CT home. They moved south and no longer have room for this piano. It is now on consignment at Flynn Pianos workshop in Great Barrington, MA. The price includes ground-floor delivery within 50 miles, climate control, custom bench, and one in-home tuning. Please contact us for details.
Here is a testimonial by Larry Wallach, a pianist who performed on this piano in Nov. 2022:
"This is a wonderful instrument for earlier piano music. It seems almost half-way between a modern Steinway and earlier types of fortepianos in the following respects:
it has a very light, flexible action, very easy to play
it has registral color, meaning that each register (I would classify them as high, upper middle, lower middle, and lower) has a distinctive color *the bass in particular has a distinctive edge which adds great character to low notes, a sort of tangy flavor (like a pungent wine)
it has great clarity, and in contrapuntal passages, each voice stands out
it has a wide dynamic range without getting boomy or muddy
I performed a program of Mozart violin sonatas using this instrument. In order to maintain a good balance with the violin, I left the lid closed, but all the colors remained intact and the audience reported that the balance felt perfect. The instrument has most of the power of a modern grand, but without the rich mingling of harmonics. It seems extremely appropriate for Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert and would be very interesting in Mendelssohn, Schumann, and even Brahms. I imagine that Chopin would also be heard in a fresh way when played on this instrument. Finally, I think this is a great instrument for chamber music, particularly for the composers listed (and any others from the late 18th -early 19th centuries."