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#2067409 - 04/20/13 12:58 AM Check out this Bechstein
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I enjoy seeing these one of a kind instruments. This one was manufactured in 1896.

"An intricately carved Bechstein Model C grand piano with an ornately carved, walnut case. Cabinet features carvings of two swans on the water on piano cheeks. Twisted around the rear piano leg is a two-headed serpent dragon. The front legs have elaborate feather scrolling. A serpentine, carved stretcher attaches the legs. The piano lyre features carved shell detail with brass shell pedals. Filigree style music desk with a flower and foliage design. Cabinet also features intricate brass hinges and name plate again echoing foliage. Amazingly the matching duet stool has survived."

"In the last quarter of the 19th century, the Berlin musical instrument industry was at a boom. In 1895 around 320 companies produced pianos in this city alone. At the Berlin Trade Exhibition of 1898 there were more than 120 exhibitors of grand and upright pianos and amongst these C. Bechstein had pride of place. This Bechstein Model C stood adjacent to the famous “Rheingold” Bechstein on the Bechstein stand at the Berlin Trade Exhibition of 1896 and was available for the public to try. This is the only piano of this design in existence."





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#2067427 - 04/20/13 02:39 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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I think that piano was built for the Durmstrang Institute.
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#2067495 - 04/20/13 08:03 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Thanks for posting. Beautiful how that dragon is carved both in the legs and case, and how it stands loose with its head from the case.

I'm surprised they did not paint it accordingly.
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#2067511 - 04/20/13 08:48 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Interesting, indeed...

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#2067573 - 04/20/13 11:09 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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That dragon carving just looks amazing! I would love something like that then I could decor accordingly. smile
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#2067616 - 04/20/13 01:43 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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this is amazing. Definitely worth restoring.
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#2067621 - 04/20/13 01:56 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Interesting, is this in Berlin Museum?

Dragons are not really part of German culture nor is it adored as symbol by its higher class.
Interestingly enough front sides seem to show wings of an eagle - a highly respected, noble bird.

The 2-headed dragon snakes around from the back - any meaning to this?

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#2067637 - 04/20/13 02:32 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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The front carvings are swans.
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#2067669 - 04/20/13 03:42 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Norbert]
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Originally Posted By: Norbert

Dragons are not really part of German culture...


There were plenty of Norse and Germanic dragons!
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#2067690 - 04/20/13 04:27 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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I hope it doesn't sound like a dragon. But then, I don't know how a dragon sounds.
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#2067704 - 04/20/13 04:58 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Wow! Just beautiful!!!
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#2067708 - 04/20/13 05:07 PM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Frankni]
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Originally Posted By: Frankni
I hope it doesn't sound like a dragon. But then, I don't know how a dragon sounds.

Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0bwKkXwEU wink
(the dragon appears at about 2 minutes)
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#2067839 - 04/21/13 01:42 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Thanks for the post.

What is the connection between dragons and swans-a-swimming? Dinner?

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#2067840 - 04/21/13 01:55 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Magnificent cabinetry, Rod. Was this piano one that you restored?

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#2067858 - 04/21/13 03:54 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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No I was not involved with this piano. Wish I was though.
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#2067895 - 04/21/13 07:22 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Very cool stuff Rod. Thanks for sharing.

I was just in Berlin last week and did not know about this museum. Drat!
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#2067905 - 04/21/13 07:43 AM Re: Check out this Bechstein [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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That is beautiful.. its sad ornate pianos fell out of favor, one thing I do miss is the open scrolled music desks, I'm not a fan of the solid style..

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