The Nine Foot Bechstein Concert Grand Piano.

Bechstein

Built in 1897, this beautiful grand has been fully restored inside and out and is played by concert pianists once again.

History of this Bechstein

Owned by Paderewski - Famous concert pianist/composer - born in Poland in 1860. By 1890 Paderewski was known as the 'King of the Piano' and toured many countries.

He came out to New Zealand twice - once in 1904 and again in 1931.

He always travelled with his own 9 foot concert grand and brought this one to New Zealand in 1904.

At the conclusion of his tour of Australia and New Zealand, he sold it to an Auckland pianist - Mr J.B. McFarlane of 113 Gillies Ave. Over the years it was passed on to his son and then grandson - Mr M. Hanna, who had it beautifully restored and felt it was time that the public heard and saw it again after being kept in private homes for 96 years.

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