Erard #3870

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stevewotherspoon
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Erard #3870

Post by stevewotherspoon » 12 May 2012, 13:33

Hello,

I am holidaying in Scotland and have found this wonderful old Erard Upright for 2000 Euro.

Built between 1810 to 1815 is the estimate I have.

Question is, Am I looking a a good buy?

Thanks
Steve

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Re: Erard #3870

Post by rgreig » 13 May 2012, 20:10

What are your parameters for determining a good buy? Are you looking for an instrument to practice on daily? Do you currently own a piano?

I presume you have seen this piano at a dealer (and if so are you converting the price into euro)?

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Re: Erard #3870

Post by joseph » 14 May 2012, 17:11

as a practice piano, no

as an interesting piece of history, perhaps. i have no idea.

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Re: Erard #3870

Post by vernon » 14 May 2012, 22:47

"wonderful--old---Erard" sounds a bit suspect to me and rather mutually exclusive.
Where is this piano in Scotland? I may know it.
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Re: Erard #3870

Post by joseph » 16 May 2012, 21:40

Put it this way.

I've played a couple of wonderful old pianos. There's an old Steck upright I know, which has candle sconces, and looks like it's from about 1890. There are a few Challens, Chappels, Collard and Collard, Broadwoods etc, Bluthners, Steinways, Bechsteins, that are all lovely pianos in their own way. Would I want to perform on one? Or teach on one? Or practise on one? Absolutely not. They provide an interesting window into the past, how things might have sounded in the domestic situation of Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Brahms etc, (they MIGHT), but they're not suitable for full time work anymore.

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