The Sailing Ship Piano
Built by Aucher Freres, Paris, France in 1837
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Sailing Ship Piano

This piano is small and has a folding keyboard, which means that it takes up very little space - great for the passenger sailing ships of the day.

The bass strings produce a somewhat percussive sound because they are shorter than usual.

In 1837 they were building pianos with wooden frames, which today are usually unrestorable to play, as the old wooden frame cannot stand the pressure of the strings tuned to pitch (several tons). Here however, the frame is strengthened with two metal beams - one along the bottom and one going up the middle ending at the tuning pin board, so we can tune and play this lovely old example - the sound produced - a little different from the metal frame piano.

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