Rare Lighte & Newton Empire Style Square Grand Piano
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.