Rare William Geib Square Forte-Piano

This early American made square grand piano shows obvious European influence in style and design.

$45,000 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
SPECIFICATIONS
YEAR: 1830
FINISH: Mahogany with Ormolu accents
STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration
DESCRIPTION

This lovely little instrument was built by William Geib in New York circa about 1830. Instruments of this type were quite popular in Europe during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Instruments like this can often be seen featured in period movies such as “Sense & Sensibility” and “Pride & Prejudice”, etc., and this instrument was clearly built with a great deal of European influence.
The instrument is made of exotic grained flame mahogany wood with beautifully inlaid marquetry and ormolu accents. It still retains its original ivory and ebony keyboard which is in perfect condition after 185 years!
Not pictured is the unique sustain pedal mechanism which appears to be a 5th leg attached to the underside of the piano. This pedal mechanism will be reattached during the restoration process.
Once restored, this instrument will have a very soft, “harp-like” tone quality unlike the loud and sometimes harsher tone of modern instruments. Playing an instrument like this allows one to hear the piano the way it was actually heard by the great composers of the period. A matching antique piano stool is included.

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