Learn about Piano

The forte piano (literally 'loudsoft') as it was first called, was invented in the early 18th century, but did not become popular until after about 1780, when it displaced the harpsichord as the main keyboard instrument.

Early pianos were rectangular in form, supported by a trestle base, though they were later given detachable screw legs. In the 1830s parlour pianos began to adopt the contemporary upright form, although at first the soundboard cases were very high and the fronts often decorated with pleated silk panels or fretwork.

The earliest known Australian piano, made by John Benham in about 1835, is of this type, and on public exhibition at the Mint Museum in Sydney. From around 1835 upright pianos assumed their modern form. The horizontal 'grand' pianos of course continued to be made, in form really not differing greatly, except in size, to the earlier harpsichords.

Until the middle of the 19th century, piano frames were made of wood which may shrink or warp, resulting in loss of tension on the strings and thus causing the pianos to go easily out of tune. more...

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A Steinway & Sons upright grand ebony satin finish piano with Jansen bench. Model K 507143, purchased Allans Melbourne 1990, ticket price $37,500. Has Original receipt and manuals, together with tuning records

A Steinway & Sons mahogany baby grand piano, 1911, with ebonised and simulated ivory keys, serial no. 151664, 180 cm long. Provenance: The Collection of Sir Tristan and Lady Antico, Sydney

19th century German mahogany mid-size grand piano by Gustav Fiedler-Leipzig

Antique grand piano, Goldene Medaillen fur Kunst & Wissenschaft, H Kohl, Hamberg, ebonized, good working order

A Steinbach grand piano. The inside marked Ilse and Steinbach, 820670. Purchased in 1982.

A burr walnut baby grand piano by R. Lipp & Sohn, Stuttgart, German, 19th century. Together with an upholstered adjustable piano seat. 97 cm high, 144 cm wide, 186 cm deep

A George IV mahogany square parlour piano by John Broadwood & Sons, London. Featuring brass inlay and decoration above keyboard. Fluted legs. 87 cm high, 177 cm wide, 72 cm deep

A baby grand piano in a superb burr walnut case by Ernst Raps. 94 cm high, 136 cm wide, 180 cm deep

R. Lipp & Sohn Concert grand piano in walnut case

'Richard Lipp and Sohn' baby grand pianoforte with black polished finish and matching adjustable stool, (as new, 3 years old)

A Steinway & Sons New York mahogany cased Boudoir Grand Piano. Circa 1875. Serial No. 28570

A quality modern Beale 6 foot black lacquered grand piano, in very good all round condition, complete with stool. One Auckland owner since new. 190 cm x 151 cm x 101.5 cm

A burr walnut baby grand piano by R. Lipp & Sohn, Stuttgart, German, 19th century, together with an upholstered adjustable piano seat. 97 cm high, 144 cm wide, 186 cm deep

Steinway & Sons burr walnut upright piano, American with 1878 patent, and a 19th century American beech circular piano stool by Tonk and Co., New York

Chinese embroidered piano shawl, with a black silk ground with long silk fringing decorated in silk embroidery depicting flowers and butterflies in a bordering design with smaller repeating floral motifs to centre, circa 1920s, size 130 x 135cm (not includ

A Kawai upright piano. Made in Japan. Model: CS5. Number: 1862979

A rectangual piano bench with brown leather upholstery length 75 cm width 35 cm

A J Longman & Co Cheapside London pianoforte, 1802. The square form pale mahogany case with ebony wood stringing throughout, inscribed '1802'

A finely painted baby grand piano by Joseph Gabriel Gaveau French, circa 1890, together with an upholstered stool, approx. 140 cm wide, 140 cm deep. Joseph-Gabriel Gaveau, (1824-1893) was a specialist piano maker based in Paris and renown for art cases suc

An ebonised grand piano, maker C. Bechstein, German, dated 1893, model B Serial number 34452, 102 cm high, 150 cm wide, 200 cm long

Haines Bros. The Marque Ampico: walnut cased tonal player piano with original sconces, stall and rolls circa 1927. 160 x 80 x 137 cm

An early 19th century rosewood spinet piano, by John Broadwood & Sons, London. The rectangular rosewood case raised on octagonal legs, the interior with freted panels. Height 87 cm. Width 178 cm. Depth 76 cm

Five boxes of player piano Rolls. Various American and Australian brands of standard rolls

A fine Bechstein satinwood inlay medium grand piano c1895, serial number 21151 (underneath the case) corresponds to that found on the music stand

A Steinway & Sons upright piano, French polished mahogany case, with ivory and ebony keys, apparently, 1938, having, serial number, 288695. Height 125 cm. Width 153 cm. Depth 69 cm

Magnificent fully restored antique Asherberg grand piano (Dresden c1880) inlaid European walnut. One of the finest Asherberg grand Pianos held in private hands in Australia.

A baby grand piano, George Rogers & Sons, London, number 36934, mid-20th century, in a polished mahogany case on tapering square-section legs, with sale paperwork dated 1953 from Allan's, Melbourne. Height 99 cm. Width 147 cm. Depth 155 cm.

A burr walnut-cased upright grand piano, Richard Lipp and Sohn, Stuttgart (serial number 13159), 1880s, the finely-veneered and decorated case mounted with a pair of swinging candle arms and carrying handle to the sides. Height 150 cm. Width 153 cm. Depth

An early 19th century mahogany and rosewood Spinet piano maker's mark William Stodart & Son, Makers to His Majesty of the Royal Family, golden square, London, rectangular, with a hinged lid opening to ivory and ebony keys, raised on turned supports; togeth