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Ignace Pleyel, Paris 1842

Serial number: 9648. The case:  mahogany with bronze decorations. The keyboard compass is 6 1/2 octaves CC-g4.
Two pedals, una corda, damping.

Ignace Pleyel, Paris 1842

Ignace Pleyel is a major representative of the so-called ‘French school’ of piano building. His instruments were favoured by Chopin, who said:
“I like playing the Erard, but when I am really inspired I prefer the Pleyel”.

The portrait is of Chopin by an unknown artist, ca. 1845.

Chopin bewerkt 500 2

restoration, 1990

The Pleyel 1842 pinblock had many cracks near the pinholes.
The glueing joints at the tail were weak, as well as those of the ribs on the soundboard.  
The pinblock was repaired without taking it out. It stayed in the piano where subsequently the middle layer was removed and renewed, and the original yoke was glued back on.
The soundboard was taken out and all unstable glueing joints of ribs were soaked. Since the sound board had to be fully taken apart, some (old wood) ‘new’ soundboard material had to be added in several places because of some shrinkage of the board.  

Taking the pinblock apart
Pinblock repair
Pinblock repair
Soundboard in pieces

Recordings, a selection

Nocturnes Chopin, Field
Bart van Oort
Frédéric Chopin, John Field 
Brilliant Classics, 4 CD box
Nepomuk fortepiano quintet
Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet, Riko Fukuda fortepiano
George Onslow,   Quintet in B-minor opus70
Brilliant Classics, 94023

Naruhiko Kawaguchi
Chopin, Nocturnes and Sort Pieces
Only released in Japan

Torbianelli Chopin

Edoardo Torbianelli
Glossa, GCD922517