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If this usually an either one is possible scenario? From what I've seen for ebony pianos brass hardware is far more common. For wood toned pianos my impression is that the choice of hardware is closer to 50-50 but with brass still more common.

Are the above observations correct? Are there makers that use only brass or only nickel? Are there any aesthetic considerations that you think effect the best choice about brass vs. nickel?

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I've noticed that nickle seemed to be more common in older piano, not so much in newer stock. A rebuilder I know told me he always uses brass unless otherwise requested. Personally, I love the look of nickle on ebony. There's a timeless quality that I really appreciate.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
If this usually an either one is possible scenario? From what I've seen for ebony pianos brass hardware is far more common. For wood toned pianos my impression is that the choice of hardware is closer to 50-50 but with brass still more common.

Are the above observations correct? Are there makers that use only brass or only nickel? Are there any aesthetic considerations that you think effect the best choice about brass vs. nickel?


Sauter has some designs with ebony and chrome, or nickel, or ebony and brass and some of their wood cabinets come with brass while others come with polished chrome or in nickel. For Sauter, they have a variety of combinations.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
If this usually an either one is possible scenario? From what I've seen for ebony pianos brass hardware is far more common. For wood toned pianos my impression is that the choice of hardware is closer to 50-50 but with brass still more common.

Are the above observations correct? Are there makers that use only brass or only nickel? Are there any aesthetic considerations that you think effect the best choice about brass vs. nickel?

"What" determines this? More like "who." Tastes change over the years and some guy (or gal) in Marketing will try to gauge this and trim the pianos accordingly.

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We recently had custom orders for both Sauter and Estonia grands, both pianos found highly apppreciating new owners.

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Nickel was more common to see on ebony pianos historically and brass was used more frequently on wood finishes.

More recently the rule is there are no rules. Chrome (or nickel) is becoming more popular and many manufacturers have made it available, either as a limited edition or as a regular run.


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Rich:

Curious: which manufacturers are using chrome or nickel as 'regular run' in their pianos?

Would love to see some.

Our custom orders took quite a while to make.

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I wonder if the manufacturer could either powder coat or use electrostatic coating to provide different finishes to the hardware as well. While I'm not planning to order a new piano anytime soon, I've always thought that having the hardware in a gunmetal gray or something like that would be a very unique and interesting look.


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My 1918 Mason & Hamlin has Nickel hardware and pedals. Plate still painted gold. I like the look of the white metal with the black.

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Originally Posted by Norbert
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Curious: which manufacturers are using chrome or nickel as 'regular run' in their pianos?

Would love to see some.

Our custom orders took quite a while to make.

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Originally Posted by Norbert
Rich:

Curious: which manufacturers are using chrome or nickel as 'regular run' in their pianos?

Would love to see some.

Our custom orders took quite a while to make.

Thanks

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This is not a complete list. I know there are more, but off the top of my head - Schimmel and Knabe have current models that are available in chrome hardware. In fact, all of last year, I could not order a Schimmel 169 in brass.


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