1867 Chickering concert grand 33B, #31605
This is the earliest documented extant model 33B. Despite differences in case decorum, it is also likely the closest to Liszt's 1867 Grand, now located in the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest. The Chickerings personally escorted the very same instrument that had won 1st prize in the 1867 Paris World Expo to Liszt in Rome. As the most famous pianist of his time, he received the instrument not merely as a present but also for evaluation. On their part, the Chickerings hoped to fight a defamation campaign directed against them by Steinway, which had also won first prize in Paris and had become their arch-rival in the US. Upon delivery, Liszt and other visiting musicians such as Grieg were apparently very impressed by the new instrument which soon became known as "the magnificent Chickering".
Towards the end of his life, Liszt donated his instrument to the museum where it has since been kept as an 'exhibition piece' and consequently has deteriorated. Ours is an extremely rare, completely original with the original finish, hammers, action, strings, and soundboard. It will be restored with the utmost attention to detail to bring back its original musical potential. There is also a video with commentary about the special features of its "raste" or underbelly construction (last pic).
Last edited by Klavimaniac; 10/19/18 01:23 AM.