Short description of the Gottfried Silbermann piano from 1749

The surviving Gottfried Silbermann piano in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg is signed and dated 1749 under the soundboard. An almost identical piano, not dated nor signed, survived in the Neues Palais in Potsdam and was in the ownership of Frederick the II. of Prussia. There is no doubt that this instrument was also made by Gottfried Silbermann. Both pianos have a keyboard range of FF-e3. They have a case made with a double curved bentside and have iron stringing with two strings per note. There are hand registers for raising the dampers and turning on a Pantalon register (strips of ivory can be positioned close above the strings). There is also the possibility of sliding the keyboard with its action laterally for una corda, and moving the keyboard further down to lower the pitch a semitone from A=415Hz to A=390Hz. The Silbermann piano in Nürnberg is made of walnut, that in Potsdam is in oak.

The results of the investigation of the Silbermann pianos and the comparison with the Cristofori pianos I put into my articles and talks. Some of them you can download (see research).

The copy finished in 2022

The new Silbermann piano before it left to Vancouver USA in October 2022, photo Kerstin Schwarz
The keyboard inserted into the case
Detail of the keyboard and the brass knobs
The hinges, hand made in the workshop of Francesco Signorini in Florence.
The hand register for the damper raising mechanism
Details of the Pantalon register
The hammer heads are paper rolls + a piece of dear leather
The keyboard
The rose

The copy from 2013

the Silbermann piano (copy 2013) in the white hall of Schloss Ettersburg (Weimar) during the video recording  with Capella Jenensis in October 2021
the keyboard of the Silbermann piano copy
the copy of the Gottried Silbermann piano
the copy of he Silbermann piano with its case closed
the rose made from various layers of paper

There are numerous CD recordings with this instrument (Discography). This instrument can be hired.