MUSEUM PIECE Chickering and MACAYS exceedingly rare
The piano has been fully restored to perfection. It should to go to a lucky home, that wants an EXTREMELY RARE piece of American heritage.
The keys are all original and in perfect shape.
One can see from the front panel, that the wood was taken from cross sections, so one can guess even the age of the tree used for it.
Since I believe this is a truly American piano Americans be proud of displaying and playing, it should stay here in the USA, and not come to Europe, where I live. It is no ordinary square grand, but the first of it´s kind and the only one I can find for sale anywhere, that has been restored to perfection. The price is about the same as a middle priced car. They were ahead of Steinway and Sons in many ways, and were innovative like Apple today, but please do your research on this company on your own and see for yourself!
1839 Chickering and Mackay square grand piano, as in the Orchard House of Louisa May Alcott.
FOR A PANORAMA VIEW(NEED QUICK TIME), GO TO ORCHARD HOUSE SITE, or paste
louisamayalcott dot org/panoramas/parlor_bb dot html
This is the same piano, with the exception that mine has been restored!
The piano case has been completely refinished, keeping the original rosewood finish. The piano has diamond shaped inlaid rosewood surrounding the top of the piano lid.
Trumpet legs and the music pedal system have been duplicated to the original specifications.
The piano was made in 1839 and this type of piano was made only in years of 1835-1840 (when Chickering and Mackay were in business together),
thus making it an extremely rare piano of the early 1800´s.
I have yet to find one for sale anywhere, that has been restored to such perfection!
This piano has a restored action mechanism and has been completely regulated to the specifications of the original manufacturer.
Restoration by Mel Sherman, refinished by Jerry Carr. Both men have combined experience of over 100 years in the business.
Here is a chance to really own a piano, that should be in a museum.
From the serial number 3896 it was determined that this piano was built in 1839 by Chickering and Mackays.
Everyone familiar with American pianos knows of the Chickering name, but the story of Chickering and Macay and their 5 year business venture is really the stuff exciting novels are made of.
While Chickering was the first and most well known piano manufacturer of Boston, John Mackay was a sea captain, who took his ships to South America and brought back the finest rosewood and honduras mahogony, of which the piano is made. The tree used in the front panel, where the name 'Chickering and Mackays' stands, is of a cross section of a rosewood tree, which was, according to the restorer, over 300 years old. It is not possible to find such trees on the planet any more, he told me!
Photos upon request.
According to a leading antique piano shop, pianos of this kind in restored condition should sell for between $25,000-35,000. This is not taking into account the fact that this particular piano actually belongs in a museum, as it is truly one of a kind.
You can go to the parlor room of the Orchard house of Luisa May Alcott in the internet and see the same piano in this room. Interested parties should write me. Original photos of the piano will be availabel here soon.
This is your chance to own an antique, that is a part of our American heritage. A museum piece that you will hardly find anywhere else in the world.
I found one in the Orchard House Museum! It can be easily shipped anywhere in the USA.
Please, do not hesitate to ask me anything about this piano, it´s authenticity, it´s keyboard, or how it came into my hands.
I repeat: If anyone finds one for sale(fully restored and ready to play), please let me know by email or just call me!
Last price reduction! Have paid more for restauration and piano than am asking now. Not a good business for me, but a great investment for someone else.