Frederick Mathushek was one of the most celebrated innovators in American piano history. His designs and patents changed piano building forever, and his instruments, although rare, are considered some of the finest pianos ever built.
One of the most amazing contributions that Fredrick Mathushek made to the American Piano Industry was the design of his little “Colibri” model (also called the “Hummingbird” model) square grand piano. Mathushek spent years experimenting with this design, and his ultimate goal was to achieve the largest, fullest sound from the smallest size instrument. These tiny square grand pianos are only about 2/3 the size of a normal square grand, but their tone quality is generally as good, if not better, than most large pianos! Mathushek’s genius is apparent in the radically different design of his stringing patterns, etc., which allow a piano this size to have the tone and touch of a full size instrument. These pianos were very popular in the 19th Century, and they were praised by the industry at large as being a scientific phenomenon.
This instrument is a later model Colibri from 1879. The piano is made of beautiful Brazilian Rosewood and is of the Rococo Victorian style. Note the beautifully carved legs and moldings. These instruments sold new for as much as several hundred dollars in the 19thCentury – the cost of a small house.
This piano will be 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 connecting to any streaming smart device. Thousands of song titles are available.