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Upright Pianos

The first known upright piano was built in 1739 by Domenico del Mela of Gagliano, Italy. It looked like a grand piano with the soundboard tipped up toward the ceiling. Shortly after, in the 1740s, Christian Ernst Frederici of Germany began making upright pyramid pianos, which had a pyramid shape and a flat top. Piano makers experimented with other upright piano forms before returning to the pyramid shape in the early 1800s.

The cabinet piano, a very tall version of the modern upright, was introduced about 1805. This style of piano encased the strings in a tall cabinet that rose from the keyboard almost to the ceiling. Cabinet pianos were built until the 1840s when shorter cottage pianos became popular. The cottage piano was the style used for upright pianos throughout the Victorian era... Read more

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Julius DEESZ [AL]. Piano droit, Sarrebruck, Allemagne, Art Déco.

March 24, 2018, 2:30 PM CET
Crissier, Switzerland

CHF800 (starting bid)

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Upright Piano and Bench

March 24, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Long Island City, NY, USA

$125 (starting bid)

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Victorian mahogany cased player piano by Chickering

March 26, 2018, 2:00 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Antique square piano

April 4, 2018, 10:00 AM CST
Three Rivers, TX, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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