Late 19th Century Schubert “Mandolin Piano” in lavishly carved quarter sawn oak wood. The middle pedal mimics sounds of guitar, harpsichord, and other stringed instruments.
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This piano was built by the Schubert Piano Company of New York in about 1892. Schubert built superb upright and grand pianos from about 1880-1936, and they were usually lavishly carved with intricate detail. These pianos were quite expensive in their day, and they were always built with the finest craftsmanship and materials. Schubert pianos are always very impressive after restoration.
According to its original sales catalog (see photos), this piano was sold as the Schubert Mandolin Piano, Oak Style 24. The middle pedal on this piano operates a mandolin attachment that mimics the sounds of guitar, harpsichord, and other string instruments. It is made of elegantly carved quarter sawn oak, and will be just stunning after total restoration. One of the things that make this piano a bit different than most is the fact that the carved panels appear to be solid carved wood, not applied carving as is usually the case. An original matching stool is included. This piano can be equipped with computerized player mechanisms if desired.