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by Phiphi
05 Jan 2018, 02:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pin block for pleyel grand
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Pin block for pleyel grand

I sent you a message.
by Phiphi
27 Dec 2017, 03:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pin block for pleyel grand
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Pin block for pleyel grand

Erard grands have also integrated pin blocks which are tricky to replace. Philippe Jolly, piano restorer in Paris, has designed a process to replace Erards' pin blocks. If you wish, I can get you in touch with him. He can speak English and is keen to give advice, especially if the distance doesn't m...
by Phiphi
27 Dec 2017, 03:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Black Erard
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Black Erard

Hello, Although most of Erard pianos were veneered with Rosewood or mahogany, some were just black, usually a tainted varnish. The pattern with two birds on the front panel was quite common, as it is the third piano I see advertised with this. They were made for the British market, as the Erard for ...
by Phiphi
30 Nov 2016, 01:55
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Upright Piano #40084
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: Erard Upright Piano #40084

In fact, there is a mistake on the pdf document that can be downloaded from the website. Sebasstien Erard started his London branch in 1792, to follow many of his French clients who emigrated. 1792 and 1793 were the hardest years for anybody considered a threat to the revolution. However, Sebastien ...
by Phiphi
28 Nov 2016, 14:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Upright Piano #40084
Replies: 5
Views: 1412

Re: Erard Upright Piano #40084

The Erard archives show that the upright pianos numbered 40082 to 40085 were bought by "Mr Hulsenbeck, in Lima". Your piano left the workshop in July 1867. I'll look a bit further in the Sales Book tonight to see if I can find anything else. I guess that Mr Hulsenbeck was a merchant, or had a school...
by Phiphi
05 Sep 2015, 22:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Paris piano, serial #73986
Replies: 9
Views: 2242

Re: Erard Paris piano, serial #73986

As I was into the Erard archives, I also looked at this one. It entered the workshop in December 1895 and was finished on 24 Feb 1896. Unfortunately, not much about the buyer, as it is only said that it was delivered to the S et P Erard shop in London. I can translate the decal on the sound board. I...
by Phiphi
05 Sep 2015, 22:38
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano - Serial Number 83454
Replies: 11
Views: 3126

Re: Erard Piano - Serial Number 83454

I'm sorry to be late for this post. The photographs posted by Bill are those of a piano with an interesting history: From the Erard archives, 83154 corresponds to a straight-strung No1, with the 5 bar frame, and the case is of rosewood (palissandre). It must have had a bit of a chaotic childhood: it...
by Phiphi
24 Oct 2014, 20:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of Erard piano #18023
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: Age of Erard piano #18023

In fact, it's seventeen thousand. It should be corrected in my earlier post now. I wonder if the Royal College of Music have any documents that could help gathering data on Erard london. It looks like they've got a music history department. Also, a website on Sebastien Erard is planning to publish p...
by Phiphi
23 Oct 2014, 21:10
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of Erard piano #18023
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: Age of Erard piano #18023

OK, I admit that "being the same" was a bit of a shortcut. So, I write below a translation of the note found in the workshop records: " The Erard piano factories in Paris and London are based on the same principle, Sebastien erard's inventions. These two factories being now managed by the same perso...
by Phiphi
21 Oct 2014, 22:19
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of Erard piano #18023
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: Age of Erard piano #18023

Phiphi the Frenchman to the rescue ! Although, I don't know if it will be very helpful. Around May-June 1845, the numbers jumped from 17000 to 18200. The text at the top of the page in the records explains that the Paris and London branches being the same (They probably merged officially around this...
by Phiphi
05 Oct 2014, 22:28
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Concert Grand Piano Serial No 101964
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

Re: Erard Concert Grand Piano Serial No 101964

You can look up the Erard archives which have been scanned by the Cite de la Musique. Just enter Erard archives in Google and you can then get to the workshop records (Registres d'Atelier) and the commercial records. The workshop records are listed by serial number, and thus chronological order, and...
by Phiphi
03 Mar 2013, 13:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 K20
Replies: 7
Views: 4152

Re: Knight K10 K20

What are the problems with the Knghts build after 1983 ? I'm just asking to get z bit more knowledge, because most of those advertised are from the 70s or earlier.
by Phiphi
22 Feb 2013, 07:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 K20
Replies: 7
Views: 4152

Re: Knight K10 K20

Thank you for your replies and your encouragements. We decided that it's better to wait a bit before getting another piano at home. So I will have a few months to try a few pianos here and there before buying. It's a bit of a shame because there is a K20 for sale in London on ebay for a fraction of ...
by Phiphi
19 Feb 2013, 21:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 K20
Replies: 7
Views: 4152

Knight K10 K20

I am in the process of shipping my Erard grand back to France to make a bit of space in the living room that starts to look like a toy shop (even a department store !). I will certainly need to get an upright since I will be bored of the Clavinova very quickly. I don't have the budget for anything G...
by Phiphi
12 Feb 2013, 22:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Upright 96351
Replies: 9
Views: 4315

Re: Erard #116900

It's a 1927 number. If you rather thought that it was a mid-19th century piano, it's probably because it was straight strung, with what Erard called the "composite" frame (assembly of iron bars). If this is the case, you probably passed by a rarity: (one of) the last straight-strung pianos made by E...
by Phiphi
24 Jan 2013, 07:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Upright 96351
Replies: 9
Views: 4315

Re: Erard Upright 96351

Sorry for this late post, but I only found out a few clues regarding your puzzles. Erard established the pianos and harps workshop in 1792, at No 18 Great Marlborough street, and stayed there until 1940. The front cover of Rene Beaupain's book on Erard pianos shows a page of a what seems to be 1930'...
by Phiphi
24 Jan 2013, 06:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Schiedmayer & Soehne
Replies: 10
Views: 7224

Re: Schiedmayer & Soehne

We had a Schiedmayer at work for a number of years. I can vaguely remember that the serial number was written on the lower face of the soundboard. So, you'll have to crawl under the piano.
by Phiphi
29 Nov 2012, 23:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Upright 96351
Replies: 9
Views: 4315

Re: Erard Upright 96351

Hello. I've not been on this forum for many months, and I'm always happy to help about Erard pianos. This piano was definitly made in Paris. Erard stopped manufacturing in London in 1890, and the serial numbers didn't reach the 20,000's The number 96351 was made in 1909. Many different uprights were...
by Phiphi
04 Dec 2011, 22:48
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano age ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2612

Re: Erard Piano age ?

These information from the book are direct transcripts from Erard's price list. My feeling is that the vocabulary regarding piano design was not completely fixed yet. Erard's Price lists from later years (1917 onwards) were much clearer. To validate my statement, we need to ask someone who was in th...
by Phiphi
04 Dec 2011, 12:41
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano age ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2612

Re: Erard Piano age ?

Actually, I had a second look at this Erard book, and the information about the uprights very confusing. I initially thought that "cordes demi-obliques" would be parallel, and that "cordes obliques" would be overstrung. But it looks that some "demi-obliques" were overstrung. Same thing with the fram...
by Phiphi
30 Nov 2011, 00:17
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano age ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2612

Re: Erard Piano age ?

Erard ! Erard ! That's for me. Around 1905, the choice for upright pianos was: No 5, "demi-oblique", 85 keys, 1.25m high No 6, "oblique", 85 keys, 1.29m high. No 7, "oblique", 85 keys, 1.25m high. No 8, "oblique", 85 keys, 1.32m high. No 9, "oblique", 88 keys, 1.38m high. This one starts to be noisy...
by Phiphi
15 Oct 2011, 14:08
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard piano
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Erard piano

I did not notice any number, certainly because I didn't look for it. :mrgreen: I saw the word "brevete" (patented in French) on the "front rail". I compared with photographs of a 1952 Type 0, and this one has "Schwander" written above "brevete" at the same location. There are small differences, like...
by Phiphi
15 Oct 2011, 12:47
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard piano
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Erard piano

Unfortunately, it's in French. :lol: However, I find this book somehow disappointing. It doesn't give many details on the history, or design, or manufacturing. It's mainly a compilation of information from documents found in museums or private collections, mainly catalogues, and a bit of discussion ...
by Phiphi
15 Oct 2011, 10:02
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard piano
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Erard piano

As I said earlier, it depends on the year: It looks like the manufacturing of vertical string uprights stopped around 1860, when they were replaced by the semi-oblique. The oblique uprights were then produced since a dozen of years. From then, until around 1900, the range was No 6 (semi-oblique), an...
by Phiphi
14 Oct 2011, 20:39
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard piano
Replies: 8
Views: 2184

Re: Erard piano

If you give more informations about the piano, like number of keys, height, stringing (straight or overstrung), it may be possible to identify the Type. The most common seems to be the Type 8. However, it also depends on the year, and the serial number would be helpful. A photograph (or more) would ...
by Phiphi
15 Sep 2011, 21:54
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Petit Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 2489

Re: Erard Petit Piano

The book was written by Rene Beaupain. Its title is "La Maison erard, Manufacture de Pianos, 1780-1959" The editor is "L'Harmattan". It was published in 2005. IBSN: 9782747585316 Let me know if you need more info about the book. There is a photograph of the Erard VOG. Of course, I cannot post it on ...
by Phiphi
06 Sep 2011, 22:49
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Petit Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 2489

Re: Erard Petit Piano

You're lucky. I just bought the book on Erard written by Rene Beaupain. Erard offered 2 very small upright pianos, both with 85 keys: The Vogue was made from 1937 and had the aspect of a bureau with 3 drawers on each side (quite unusual). Its height was 0.98m. It was replaced in 1939 by the ABC 39, ...
by Phiphi
14 Jul 2011, 09:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Type 0 tuning and maintenance
Replies: 7
Views: 2347

Re: Erard Type 0 tuning and maintenance

Without the accents I'd guessed too that your Pianomajeur posts were with a Qwerty keyboard as opposed to an Azerty. Having spent 14 years in England, I am now used to QWERTY. I need to bring my wine here, but I can survive without AZERTY. If you can post pictures of your Erard, I know of at least ...
by Phiphi
13 Jul 2011, 17:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard baby grand
Replies: 49
Views: 13213

Re: Erard baby grand

It still amuses me to see a piano for sale being described as a "toad"! The legend says that this name was given by one of the main French composers (Ravel? Poulenc? I need to check), who didn't like the style of the baby grand he saw for the first time and said that it looks like a toad. I don't k...
by Phiphi
13 Jul 2011, 13:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Type 0 tuning and maintenance
Replies: 7
Views: 2347

Re: Erard Type 0 tuning and maintenance

Thank you for your reply. And I know now that "regulation" is about tuning the action. I start to be a bit more up-to-date with the English piano vocabulary. Do all tuners also do regulation, or is it rather done by technicians doing repairs ? I guess that the answer will be that some tuners are qua...
by Phiphi
12 Jul 2011, 10:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Type 0 tuning and maintenance
Replies: 7
Views: 2347

Erard Type 0 tuning and maintenance

Hello, I've just bought a 1912 Erard 0 (photos to be posted soon on the forum). I will have it tuned in a few weeks after it settles at home. I am looking for a tuner/technician in the North London - South Essex region who would be keen to work on this piano. It is overstrung, but still fitted with ...
by Phiphi
09 Jul 2011, 16:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard baby grand
Replies: 49
Views: 13213

Re: Erard baby grand

Hi, I am new on this forum. I am retrieving this old post because I just had an Erard 0 delivered this morning. When looking for a piano in the last couple of months, I had discussions about Erard on a French forum. From these discussions, and looking at adverts on French websites, I learnt a few th...