Many of these instruments
find their way into private homes starting a new life as a respected
and beautiful instrument. All these instruments have one thing
in common, they are all straight strung. This gives the instrument
a very high register-quality, meaning that it allows the piano
to produce a clear, transparent tone in every register. This quality
regrettably disappeared in pianos using the cross stringing system.
Straight stringing gives beautiful and elegant sound and also
on top of that an elegant design in every veneer type. Inside
the atelier you will find four periods of Erard pianos.The early,
1820 - 1850, the middle, 1850 -1880, the late, 1880 -1900, and
the modern, 1900-1930. All have double repetition action with
ivory keys, and those which are not in the process of being restored,
are ready for purchase. They are also available for recordings
and can be rented for concert performances. Many historically
important composers have chosen for these parallel stringed instruments
between 1830 and 1930. The list is long, but includes names such
as Mocheles, Mendelsohn. Liszt, Chopin, Thalberg, Meyerbeer, L
de Meyer, Pixes, Herz, Tausig, Diepenbrock, Verdi, Wagner and
Alkan, Saint-Saens, Fauré,
Ravel choose for
an 'Erard 2.12 AVEC CORVES PARALELLES SANS VERRE' in 1907. He
did not choose for a cross-stringed instrument, because the cross-stringed
system made the sound unclear and to 'thick' for his music.
It's more than
interesting to visit our beautiful atelier in the center of Amsterdam.
Frits Janmaat will be very happy to give you information and let
you get inspired by these beautiful intruments.