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My friend was gifted a baby grand. #2808341
01/29/19 08:10 PM
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A friend of mine was gifted a little baby grand. The manufacturer is Hofmann Mignon, but I cannot find any information anywhere about this particular brand. Anybody out there in cyberspace know this name?

https://www.njuskalo.hr/klaviri/kla...engleska-mehanika-odlican-oglas-25180929

This is all I can find on the web plus a few recordings on YouTube.


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: ChatNoir] #2808356
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Pierce has a whole host of Hoffman's Hoffmann's, Hofman's and Hofmann's, but none with Mignon. There's one in the Czech Republic. Some pictures and a serial number might help narrow it down.


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: ChatNoir] #2808388
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Could it be a model of Hofmann? Mignon means "cute" or "dainty" in French. Perhaps it was just their small model.


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: ChatNoir] #2808435
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Very good observation. The piano is less than 5 feet long, definitely "mignon" in piano speak.


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: ChatNoir] #2808450
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I wonder how much of a "gift" this piano really is.

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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: ChatNoir] #2808465
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Yes, a not very highly rated "toad"- i.e. a piano wider than it is long- is unlikely to have any value.

Good luck with it.


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: PhilipInChina] #2808581
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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
Yes, a not very highly rated "toad"- i.e. a piano wider than it is long- is unlikely to have any value. ...
Oh, I love it! A toad. Perfect, just a perfect description. laugh


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: ChatNoir] #2808582
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Somebody wrote on my friend's Facebook today that the piano is a hidden gem and sometimes sells for up to 9000 Euro. I have to pay my friend a visit soon, this I gotta see!


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Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. [Re: Stubbie] #2808635
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Originally Posted by Stubbie
Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
Yes, a not very highly rated "toad"- i.e. a piano wider than it is long- is unlikely to have any value. ...
Oh, I love it! A toad. Perfect, just a perfect description. laugh


The French call a grand piano which is shorter than it is wide a "crapaud," i.e. a "toad." There's the origin of the expression.

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