Brad Delp's 1873 Chickering Concert Grand Piano

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Brad Delp's 1873 Chickering Concert Grand Piano

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Auction Date:2017 Dec 14 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
Brad Delp’s personally-owned and -used 1873 Chickering concert grand piano with a full 88 keys, 9´ 3? in length, serial no. 38370, made of beautiful hand-carved South American rosewood with ivory keys, complete with its ornately carved music rack. This was one of the finest pianos of its time, and one of few to feature a full 88 keys—comparable Steinways of the era had only 85 keys due to technical limitations. Chickering, a Boston-based piano maker, was able to design a case that supported the weight of a full 88-key soundboard—hence the huge, elegantly hand-carved legs crafted from sturdy rosewood. The Chickering concert grand became the preferred piano of greats like Franz Liszt and Louis Gottschalk, who played them while touring the United States. This fine musical instrument can be heard on Brad Delp’s cover of ‘The Great Pretender.’ Accompanied by three photos of Brad Delp at the piano. Micki Delp notes that Brad purchased this piano in 1979, and that he had it professionally voiced as it was too loud. An exceptionally desirable instrument in its own right, this piano is made even more remarkable by its association with a popular music legend. From the Brad Delp Collection, and accompanied by a letter of provenance from Micki Delp.

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