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WORK IN PROGRESS

ERARD, 1818, PARIS

The Erard of 1818 that we have started working on now has been in the Colt-Collection in England for at least 4 decades. 
It is a very rare instrument with the beautiful ‘méchanique a étrier’,
an Erard invention and the predecessor of the future repetition action.
Only a few Erard instruments of the 1810’s have survived until the present day.
There is no other option, this instrument needs a thorough restoration.
 
By comparison to other instruments this restoration seems more complicated. The piano is extremely warped, and to remedy this needs to be taken apart, – by no means a simple task. Especially removing the hitchpin liners takes some doing.
The soundboard needs to come out in order to enable straightening the construction of the piano. A bit of luck: many glue joints of the inner construction have come loose by themselves!