5-Octave Viennese Fortepianos by R. J. Regier


Among the many wood-framed pianos made or sold in Vienna at the close of the 18th century, none were more highly regarded than those by Anton Walter (1752-1826), according to Carl Czerny's recollections. Mozart acquired one in 1784 and kept it until his death. Beethoven had one in his possession until at least 1801. Surviving instruments from Walter's workshop are thoughtfully designed and cleanly executed. Musically they can be a thrill to play: supple, flexible and robust.
Our 5-octave fortepiano is based on instruments by Walter. It is framed of Sitka spruce and hard maple. Cases are veneered using 1/8" thick material sawn from our own billets. Lids are assembled using frame and panel joinery methods. Stringing is bichord from FF to a'; the remaining notes are triple-strung. Adjustment screws and a reference batten are provided to permit quick regulation of the Prellmechanik. Hammer checks and the pedal mechanism also have adjustment links. Details include silk-backed fretwork, a name label printed from an engraved copper plate, gilded bezel and cheek knobs, and a polished shellac finish. Scaling can be modified if a new instrument is intended to be played primarily at a'=440 c.p.s. pitch. Our 5-octave fortepianos have been used often in performances throughout the United States and on numerous recordings.