William Lindeman was a great inventor and innovator. Right after the Civil war, he designed a 3 legged piano called a "Cycloid Piano" which was loosely based on the then popular square grand piano design. The principal behind the idea seems to have been to build a square piano that would sit in the middle of a room rather than up against the wall...much like a typical grand piano would sit. The Cycloid Piano was built with the cabinet finished on all sides, making it attractive from every angle. The back of the piano is shaped like a half moon, and only has one back leg in the center of the piano rather than two back legs like a square piano.
Evidentially, very few of these pianos were ever actually built. We have only known of 3 of these instruments to exist today, and we have been lucky enough to have two of those three pianos to come through our restoration shop over the years. This piano would be for someone who wants the rarest of the rare...a true piece of America's musical history.