Upright Piano (Transposing)Made by: George Russell, London
Made in: 1894
Found in Hawera, Taranaki, this piano was especially developed for ‘ear’ players who usually played in one favourite key. By operating the lever under the keyboard, the whole keyboard shifts thus allowing a change of pitch and producing a different ‘key’. In all, five different keys can be achieved.
These pianos were often used in silent movies. It is tuned ‘honky tonk’ to suit the era and a notable song-writer who used one of these pianos was Irving Berlin.