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Graham WalkerThis is the website of Graham Walker, Dorset, UK who has had an interest in the early piano for over 30 years. He has undertaken the restoration of instruments for private collection and has also carried out research on early pianos and their makers over this period. This has been done alongside a career in management consultancy and performance management. Early retirement in 2007 enabled him to become more involved and he commissioned a cloth manufacturer to produce an authentic keyboard cloth. This cloth is the nearest match to an early 19th century piano cloth that can be made within modern manufacturing processes. It was initially produced for his requirements but it soon came in demand by others.  Further types of cloth have been replicated by request from makers and restorers.  These cloths can be purchased from the online shop on this website.  He has also undertaken some research into the leather used in early English pianos and is currently working in liaison with the Institute of Creative Leather Technology, Northampton University, UK with the objective of determining specifications. He is involved in supporting interest in the early piano and is passionate about ensuring that our heritage of early pianos collections in the UK can be maintained for the future.
Viennese Fortepiano Built By Johannes Secker And Tom Wilson In 2006 For Sale

Viennese fortepiano built by Johannes Secker and Tom Wilson in 2006 for sale

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.

Please contact the owner, Fred Sui, for further information email: fredericsui@outlook.com.   The fortepiano can be viewed near Birmingham, England.

Price £13,000

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