The scrapbook • Ongoing restoration
Ibach Concert Grand
Photos of this concert grand piano do not quite do justice to the sheer size of it. The longest strings on this piano come in at over 6 feet long - longer than most grand pianos are in their entirety. The case, soundboard and ornate frame have all been refinished, with beautiful results. The action had had no attention since its manufacture in 1912, but is promising to grace a piano with a rich sound and strong depth of tone. The keyboard is unusually long, finishing on a G in the bass, and even the very lowest notes resonate beautifully. No fewer than 300 man hours went into the full restoration of this piano, including hand-making a full set of springs - the correct size and shape weren't available off the shelf. It took trial and error to get the strength of the springs exactly right for the action, but the result is superb.
After many years in storage this piano is now back to its best, and the ebonised case and striking 'elephant' style legs contribute to its imposing presence. No mean feat to transport, it will shortly be making its stately way back to Sussex along with its sister, a pianola grand.
We have all loved the chance to play such a beautiful piano during the restoration. We recently recorded a video of Bill playing it for the client to see the finished result - once we have permission, we'll share the video too.
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