Lighte & Newton Square Grand Piano

Rare Lighte & Newton Empire Style Square Grand Piano

$50,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
DEPOSITS: The restoration of this instrument has not been completed. A 30% deposit is required on instruments pending restoration. This deposit holds the instrument and keeps it from being offered to another clients, and it also makes that piano's restoration a priority. Once we complete the restoration, we invite the client to visit our shop to see and hear the piano. If the client is unable to visit our shop, we will send professional photos and videos of the piano for review. The client then has the option of paying the balance and purchasing the piano, transferring their balance to another piano in our shop, or getting a full refund for their deposit. The client is never at risk.
For Sale
Pay a 30% deposit per item
YEAR: 1850
FINISH: Brazilian Rosewood
STATUS: Pending Restoration

In 1850, F. C. Lighte went into partnership with Henry J. Newton to establish the firm of “Lighte & Newton”.  Lighte & Newton exhibited instruments at the Crystal Palace Expedition in won a Gold Medal for a piano displayed at the American Institute Fair in 1853.  Records indicate that Charles Steinway (later of Steinway & Sons) and Theodore A. Heintzmann (later of Heintzmann & Company) worked at the firm in the early 1850s, likely apprenticing under these old-world craftsmen.

Lighte & Newton built pianos for only 3 short years so they are quite rare today.  This beautiful instrument is a rare example of the fine quality and craftsmanship Lighte & Newton put into building their pianos.  The piano is made of Brazilian Rosewood and is of the Empire Revival Victorian style.  More square pianos were being built in America during this time than grand pianos and upright pianos combined.

The instrument will be restored to like-new condition, inside and out. This piano has a sweet, harp like tone quality that is very pleasant to hear!

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. Thousands of song titles are available.

The original matching stool is included.