A Zuckermann Viennese fortepiano built by Johannes Secker and Tom Wilson in 2006. This elegant Fortepiano is based on the Johann Andreas Stein’s fortepianos in appearance and follows his design including the fluted legs and panelled lid.
The action is also similar but uses an escapement to conform to the later Viennese principle of kein Nachdruch, so that the hammer stays under the control of the finger all the way to the string. It also has a proper adjustable backcheck.
The keyboard compass is 61 notes, FF-f3 double strung and can be tuned to A415 or A440. It has ebony naturals with bone capped sharps. There are two knee levers for damper lift and a hand-operated moderator. The case is veneered in Honduras mahogany. Zuckermann describe the timbre as clear, bright, and open, with a strong treble.
This is a very practical, sturdy instrument with a clean, crisp action and a sound that is powerful enough to use with an orchestra. The size is just under 84 inches long and 38 inches wide.
This offers a rare opportunity to purchase an excellent Viennese fortepiano in the UK and it is only 14 years old.