I’ve been enjoying and trying to read and listen to all of your “blog” contents on various subjects. I really enjoy them and am learning a great deal from them.
I’ve been offered a good quality 1988 Bösendorfer 225 piano with a good history from a reputable dealer, William Bruno Santos, in the Dallas area. Bruno generally deals in Steinways principally for non-profit institutional sales
This piano has a 15/16th Keyboard. I understand Bösendorfer only made “three” of these in their history.
I have smaller hands so I could probably play and enjoy this piano. My question is: Is this an “orphan” piano that I should shy away from and avoid, that would be hard to resell someday? Or is this “shorter” keyboard with “slightly smaller keys” just as suitable, and re-saleable, as any other piano?
I guess I might suggest a “Living Piano Video” explaining what a “15/16th Keyboard” actually is, for those who are not familiar with the term.
Thanks. I love your “Living Piano Videos”.
The subject of smaller keyboards is fascinating going back to the great 20th-century pianist Joseph Hoffman who had a special smaller keyboard made for him by Steinway. Charles Walter Piano Company is offering smaller keyboards on their pianos as well. Having small hands myself, it’s good to learn of yet another piano company that has offered smaller keyboards!
While the market for such an instrument would be small, with the wonder of the internet, I believe with the right marketing, it would be possible to connect with people who would appreciate an instrument of this sort.
I have not had the opportunity to play many Steingraeber pianos, but understand that these are top notch instruments in the European tradition of Bösendorfers and others.
Thank you for your kind words about the videos.