Click here for list of recordings on these and other Streicher instruments, below
The Five and One-Half Octave Fortepiano, complete with veneer of your choice|
and matching music desk, custom skid board, padded shipping cover, leg bag,
music desk bag, tool box with tuning tools, extra wire, some regulating tools
and supplies, and digital hygrometer/thermometer, Fortepiano Maintenance Handbook.
The Six and One-Half Octave Viennese Grand Piano, with veneer of your choice,|
matching pedal lyre and bow, music desk; four pedals: from right to left, damping, moderator, bassoon, una corda/due corde; custom skid board and padded shipping cover, leg bag, bags for music desk and pedal components; tool box with tuning tools, extra wire, some regulating tools and supplies; digital hygrometer/thermometer; Fortepiano Maintenance Handbook.
One of these pianos in Cuban Mahogany will be completed and available at the end of the summer, 2003.
Oversoundboard of quarter-sawn spruce. This sits upon little blocks around the inner case rim, suspending it above the soundboard. These were common during this period in Viennese instruments, and serve to soften and blend the characteristically bright sound of the instrument for home playing, as well as balancing the bass and tenor with the treble section, which is left uncovered by the shape of the board. Easily lifted off and set aside for concert uses.
The five-pedal option for the six and one-half octave piano. In addition to the four described above, the due corde has a separate pedal.
Wheeled caster cups(3), a convenience for on-stage moving. These are small, each with three wheels, and are easily slipped under the front spine leg, cheek-bentside corner leg and tail leg, to move the instrument without disturbing the pedal. The instrument can be played sitting on them for rehearsals if desired.
The longstanding project is a painstaking restoration of an 1860's Viennese grand (an antique one), maker's name Schrimpf. It's an excellent quality instrument, burl walnut, a big rich sound and light Viennese action. Much veneer repair needs to be done, and the pedal lyre is missing and must be made copying one from a similar instrument. The action is not too far along either - a big project, done in spare moments. Click here for a description and photos of this and other old instruments we've done.
On a 1803 Streicher copy made by Hood Fortepianos: Beethoven, Das Gesamtwerk fuer Violoncello auf Historischen Instrumenten. Paul Pulford, Violoncello, Boyd McDonald, fortepiano. EBS Records 6030 We also have informal tapes on several of our instruments; we can make and send you copies.
Recordings of other copies of Streicher instruments: Schubert Impromptus, Melvyn Tan, fortepiano by Derek Adlam after Streicher 1814 (6 octave) EMI CDC 7 49102 2. This has a less full sound than the 6 1/2 octave instruments.
Recordings on original Streicher instruments: Weber & Diabelli:Vierhaendige Klaviermusik. Fritz Neumeyer and Rolf Junghans on an 1816 Streicher in the Neumeyer Collection. Toccata FSM 53613 toc. (Vinyl disc)
Historische Tasteninstrumente aus dem Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universittat Leipzig. Beethoven, Sonata op. 10, nr.1. (Other pieces also, on other instruments in the collection)VJKJ 9501, available also from the museum.
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The Five and One-Half Octave Fortepiano
The Six and One-Half Octave Viennese Grand Piano
Fortepiano Maintenance Handbook