Fully restored and rebuilt 1899 7'8" Bechstein Model 3 Semi-Concert Grand piano with built-in Silent System, meaning you have the option of playing in silence with headsets on.
A rare and sought after instrument by the world renowned German maker. Along with Bluthner, Bosendorfer, and Steinway & Sons, Bechstein is frequently referred to as one of the "Big Four" piano manufacturers.
The stunning instrument resided in Fotheringhay, Petersborough, UK for three generations of player and was tuned all its life. The owner had it extensively restored and rebuilt in 2002. Due to home renovations for wheelchair accessibility they sadly had to part last year. On arrival at our workshop, due to sun fading, the outer case had turned a light colour. We have since restored the case to its original rich deep colour, French polishing by hand several times, following by antique waxing.
The piano was recently fitted with a new high end Ad-Silent System.
Silent System: Switch lever under piano - Put on Headphones - No one can hear you!
Here are some of the jobs completed on this semi-concert grand:
New German Strings and Tuning Pins, Restored Soundboard and Bridges, New Hammer Heads and Rolling Pins, Gilded Frame, Ivory Key Restoration, Action Rebuilt, Renewed Brass Fittings and Trimmings, Tuned to Concert Pitch, Regulated and Voiced, Fitted with a state of the arts German Silent System by Ad-Silent. The system was professionally installed by Iain Bain, UK.
Notable Features: Decorative music stand with no parts missing. Large turned legs and refinished castor wheels. Rebuilt Pedal Lyre.
This is the kind of Bechstein you find in a Concert hall. The tone is superb, full bodied, pure sounding, rounded, with a strong Tenor, potent Bass, and responsive medium touch. For its great age it's as versatile and dynamic as a new piano, delivering power, volume, and presence. A true family heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation.