Dale, Forty & Co. Upright / Wm. Knabe & Co. Square Grand 1883
This is the Action (mechanism)
My client's ‘Dale, Forty & Co.’ Overdamper piano
Overdampers were made around the late 1800's in Great Britain and Europe. They typically have candlesticks (if not lost),
a burled walnut finish with flower design inlays, and 2 pedals.
If you saw the movie ‘Titanic’ (James Cameron), an Overdamper piano was played in the dance band on the ship.
Notice all the metal bars in front of the Action (mechanism). This is where they got the name "Birdcage" from in the U.S. however
the correct name is "Overdamper". The reason being, the dampers on the action are over the hammers which is unlike a
conventional upright piano where the dampers are under the hammers.
The keyboard is also a little shorter than a standard piano, 85 notes instead of 88 notes and the strings go straight down on the frame (straight strung), instead of being overstrung. The keytops are usually celluloid (an early form of plastic), the music rack will fold up and fit inside the top lid of the piano, and very old Overdampers have oblong tuning pins.
Wm. Knabe & Co. Square Grand 1883
This is a Knabe Square Grand that I found for a client. These pianos while having great
cabinetry and ornate designs are not very good as instruments and should be looked on as an antique. If you saw the movie
‘The Piano’ (Holly Hunter), it was a Square Grand that they used in the film.
Notice the unusual string design
Original ivory keys in excellent condition