Lindeman Cycloid Grand Piano

$35,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
For Sale
Specifications
  • YEAR: 1864
  • FINISH: Brazilian Rosewood
  • STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration
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description

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.

This piano is made of beautiful Brazilain Rosewood and is of the Rococo Victorian style.  Note the beautifully carved legs, lyre and music rack.  This piano is being restored to like-new condition, inside and out. 

If desired, this piano can be equipped with the Pianomation player system, and can play by itself by streaming music live on an iPod, computer, iPad, etc.

This piano would be for someone who wants the rarest of the rare...a true piece of America's musical history.

INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

Cycloid Piano Advertisements 19th Century Advertisements For The Lindeman Cycloid Piano, Circa About 1865
Lindeman & Sons Catalog 1880 Illustrated sales catalog for Lindeman & Sons Piano Company, Circa 1880
Lindeman & Sons Catalog 1888 Illustrated sales catalog for Lindeman & Sons Piano Company, Circa 1888
Lindeman Advertisement Early 20th Century advertisement for Lindman & Sons, endorsed by John Wanamaker.

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