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1907 Bechstein model D #83901

This 1907 Bechstein has an interesting feature illustrated in the 9th and 10th pics. In the right half of pic nine, as in all conventional pianos, the three bridge pins of each unison are oriented in a line exactly perpendicular to the stings. In contrast in left half of pic nine, the three bridge pins of each unison are oriented in a line not exactly perpendicular to the strings. This pattern is followed in the entire middle section of the treble bridge resulting in slightly different sting length in each unison. This unusual arrangement produces supple harmonic beating between these uneven string neighbors, which is perceived as an increase in tone color, somewhat similar in effect to the vibrato of string instruments. Steinway also adopted this feature but both firms abandoned it later, possibly in pursuit of an ever 'cleaner' tone. Pic ten is from a nicely done youtube video about the restoration and testing of an 1899 Bechstein E in the former Bechstein hall in London with the same feature.
As can be seen in several of the other pics, the restoration of our model D will need its original gate leg brass casters back. Originals from another piano are shown in the last pic. If you know where to get these, please let me know!
Last edited by Klavimaniac; 06/06/18 04:53 PM.