1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin

Posted by: acortot

1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/09/14 05:54 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kux7OQ-Q6u0

this is an example of the kind of vertical piano Chopin would have had at his disposal. The entire piano was restored with new strings, hammers, leather etc.

hammers are covered with deer leather, which is what was used on the vertical and square models when new

smile
Posted by: wimpiano

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/09/14 09:03 AM

It sounds fantastic, and it is played very well in my humble opinion as well.
Posted by: acortot

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/10/14 01:32 PM

It belonged to Napoleon's sister!
Posted by: Chris Leslie

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/10/14 04:13 PM

Do you know if this instrument has a true una corda for the soft pedal?
Posted by: ando

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/10/14 08:01 PM

Originally Posted By: wimpiano
It sounds fantastic, and it is played very well in my humble opinion as well.


Wouldn't hurt for them to tune it a bit better before posting it on youtube though! I agree that it's a charming sound. It reminds me of the 1880's Broadwood I learned to play piano on.
Posted by: phantomFive

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/11/14 07:46 PM

To me, the characteristic sound of the Playel is a clear, smooth tone when the note is initially played;

as the note is sustained, the tone modifies, and has more color, less of a pure sine wave.

Also, the notes died away more quickly, they didn't sustain as long as on modern pianos.
Posted by: acortot

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/13/14 12:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Chris Leslie
Do you know if this instrument has a true una corda for the soft pedal?


Yes, this piano has two strings per note and pushing down the left pedal makes it play only one string.

Sorry about the tuning, the piano had brand-new strings and they were still stretching.
Posted by: Dwscamel

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/13/14 07:01 PM

This is a charmingly beautiful piano!
Posted by: acortot

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/14/14 08:24 AM

Thanks!

The key to get a good sound with these old pianos, apart from totally restoring the action, is to know just how much tension to apply to the outer leather, which is very soft.

Most restorers overdo it and you get a pingy, dry and brittle sound which really has nothing to do with the music IMO.
Posted by: Lluís

Re: 1830's Pleyel Pianino, fully restored, Chopin - 01/19/14 06:53 AM

Incredible job! As always I think that your and Olivier work is sadly not enough recongnized!!!