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My friend was gifted a baby grand.

Posted By: ChatNoir

My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 12:10 AM

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.
Posted By: JohnSprung

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 12:24 AM


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.
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 02:05 AM

Could it be a model of Hofmann? Mignon means "cute" or "dainty" in French. Perhaps it was just their small model.
Posted By: ChatNoir

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 05:12 AM

Very good observation. The piano is less than 5 feet long, definitely "mignon" in piano speak.
Posted By: BruceD

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 06:40 AM

I wonder how much of a "gift" this piano really is.

Regards,
Posted By: PhilipInChina

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 07:27 AM

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.
Posted By: Carey

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 03:10 PM

I've certainly heard worse...…..

https://youtu.be/mnkL_XYVNZc

https://youtu.be/axgZp0qTxKY

https://youtu.be/02CTNlVcKmA



Posted By: Stubbie

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 03:42 PM

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
Posted By: ChatNoir

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 03:44 PM

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!
Posted By: BruceD

Re: My friend was gifted a baby grand. - 01/30/19 06:16 PM

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.

Regards,
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