The main problems/challenges in the reconstruction of period pianos

This will require a description of the nature of Chopin’s instruments and the situation of piano manufactory between 1820 and 1850 as a preamble. In the main part I will talk about the typical demages, methods of restoration and the importance of the proper material.

In 1993 the pianist and further master craftsman of pianobuilding Gert Hecher founded a workshop in order to restore historic pianos, which since 2000 is called Klavieratelier. This institution is specialized on historical and early modern pianos. Since this time he and his team have restored and traded pianofortes from ca. 1780 to the second world war. He is especially focussed on grands with Viennese mechanic, but also on french pianos.
The pianos of the Klavieratelier are often used in concerts, e. g. in the famous Golden Hall of the Viennese Musikverein, in the Viennese Konzerthaus or in important festivals and also for recording productions, played by importand and famous players. Gert Hecher himself still appears as pianist from time to time.

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