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 parquetry inlay mahogany square table pianoforte made by John Broadwood & Son., 1792, 86 cm high, 159 cm wide, 54 cm wide

A Steinway & Sons mahogany cased upright piano, late19th/20th century, 140 cm high, 156 cm wide, 72 cm deep

An ebonised Steinway & Sons concert piano, length of the case 272 cm

Rud Ibach Sohn, grand piano, ebonised case, together with ebonised piano stool, piano requires tuning (2), height 97 cm width 151 cm depth 167 cm

Schiedmayer, piano Forte Fabrik, Stuttgart, burr walnut Upright piano, c. 1900, with inlaid decoration

A Yamaha baby grand piano, model number G2, registration number J3730455, for many years this served as the personal piano of the late Richard Divall

A Karl Weber, Germany, late Victorian burr walnut Upright piano, with steel frame, 131 x 156 x 66 cm

A mahogany square table pianoforte made by John Broadwood & Son., circa 1,800, 83 cm high, 169 cm wide, 62 cm deep

An Edwardian 'Racca Piano Melodica' with card books C. 1910, black lacquer with turned legs and bookshelf, brass castors, working. Dimensions 80 cm x 10 cm x 4 cm.

An Italian 'Settimio Soprani' piano Accordion, with silver grey mottled plastic cover. Width 48 cm.

A mid-sized German Arabella piano accordion, silver grey plastic, body in need of restoration.

A mottled red plastic Tientan piano Accordion, some key covers missing. Width 51 cm

An Italian Crucianelli piano accordion, in cream lustre plastic with minor loses. Width 53 cm

Early 19th century English 'table-top' piano by John Broadwood and Sons-London

A baby grand piano by R. Gors and Kallmann, Berlin, accompanied by stool

An early 19th century mahogany and rosewood spinet piano case fitted with glazed hinged doors.

Georgian mahogany pianoforte, by John Broadwood & Sons, raised on turned legs with brass casters. Provenance: from Mollies Boutique hotel, Auckland

Steinway boudoir grand piano, model O, 1917, manufactured in Hamburg in mahogany case. Number 186659

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