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Reproducing grand piano “Steinway Welte-Mignon”

    Reproducing grand piano “Steinway Welte-Mignon”

    Germany, Freiburg

    1925

    Steinway & Sons, M. Welte & Söhne G.m.b.H.

    Wood, metal, ivory; mechanical and carpentry works, casting, polishing

    105 х 156 х 208 cm

    Marks: under the lid: «STEINWAY & SONS / изображение лиры/NEW YORK TRADE MARKS HAMBURG/REGISTERED/U.S.PAT.OFF./TUBULAR METALLIC ACTION FRAME PAT»; «STEINWAY & SONS / lira image / TRADE MARKS»; «MINIATURE REG.U.S.PAT.OFF.»; «STEINWAY & SONS, NEW YORK, HAMBURG», «PATEND GRAND CONSRTUCTION OCT. 3. 1899», «52.P», «1097 25 6 G». On the keyboard lid: «M.WELTE & SOEHNE», «STEINWAY-WELTE», lira image /STEINWAY & SONS»

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    Chamber piano in wooden case of classical form with the increased height rim, finished with black piano varnish set on tree square section supports on rollers. Lyre post with two pedals is on the front side. Piano is covered by double-hinged lid. Folding music stand, cast frame with strings and soundboard are set under it. Keyboard with eighty-eight keys closed with the fallboard-lid with lock and golden color inscriptions on the internal surface “STEINWAY - WELTE / M. WELTE & SÖEHNE / STEINWAY & SONS”. Triple corner lid opening up that closes pneumatic drive mechanism, bellows and tape driving mechanism with tracker bar “WELTE-MIGNON” is mounted behind the keyboard. “WELTE-MIGNON” system is reproducing piano, designed for automatic performance of melodies recorded on paper music rolls. It is comprised of tape driving mechanism and pneumatic control device for hammer-action. Pneumatic engine of tape driving mechanism, hammers’ drives and control units operate when the air is discharged in the system, which is created by the external suction pump. The pump, placed in the separate housing, consists of three bellows with receiver driven by electric motor. Paper music roll “WELTE-MIGNON” contains encoded information not only concerning the notes hat are reproduced, but concerning the tempo of performance, impact power on the key, dynamics and pedals’ control. The piano might be used as a customary musical instrument. Paper music roll T100 format, the so-called red Welte is a musical storage.
    Musical recordings realized at Welte Studios between 1905 and 1928 by many famous pianists are considered matchless in conveying the features of each performance in comparison with the recordings of other firms and recordings, made on gramophone records and wax cylinders. Performer’s bench is in the set.

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