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Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! #2739991
05/28/18 02:04 AM
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Has anyone seen a piano like this before?

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I'd love to know a bit more about it if anyone knows anything!

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Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: innae] #2740040
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Intriguing: a "Miniature Upright Grand Piano". It certainly looks miniature, and upright, but what is grand about it? What does the action look like?


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Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: innae] #2740084
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It looks charming, how does it play?


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Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: MRC] #2740239
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Originally Posted by MRC
Intriguing: a "Miniature Upright Grand Piano". It certainly looks miniature, and upright, but what is grand about it? What does the action look like?


Yeah, I don't know where it gets its delusions of grandeur from either! It's got a vertical action.

Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: innae] #2740246
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It's lovely and wider than it appears. I would have expected less than 85 keys.


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Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: innae] #2746890
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Can you post some pics of the action?
I'm very curious of how the action looks

Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: innae] #2746939
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It is probably a very early Eavestaff Minipiano.


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Re: Inherited an unusual piano - it's so pretty! [Re: innae] #2750160
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Originally Posted by innae
Has anyone seen a piano like this before?

[Linked Image]

I'd love to know a bit more about it if anyone knows anything!

Close up of the branding

[Linked Image]

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I found this website on the Internet. http://www.palacepianos.com/wpc/?p=409
Looks like Challen is a British piano company which is associated with B.B.C. (British Broadcasting Company). According to the website, Challen pianos were very well-made, and the ones like yours were made in the art style called Chinoiserie. Check out the website; it's quite interesting!


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