upright piano

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

upright piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.1-4-8 True board zithers sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Calisia

Date: 1953

Village / Town: Kalisz

Country: Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 1996 by the Warsaw Ballet School

Inventory number: MHP 49/I

Description: black lacquered. Cross-, single-, double-, triple-strung. Full metal frame with hitch pin block’s armour and a capotasto bar for the upper two-thirds of the strings. English repetition action with underdampers

Inscriptions: CALISIA inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover; factory logo (red C and black silhouette of a grand piano) painted on the hitch pin block’s armour; on the soundboard, a square transfer states: Nr 00911 / „Calisia” / ZJEDNOCZONE ZAKŁADY / PRZEMYSŁU MUZYCZNEGO / Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe Wyodrębnione / F A B R Y K A / FORTEPIANÓW i PIANIN / w Kaliszu ul. Szopena nr. 9. Telefon 11-83 / ŁZG, 07 oddz. Kalisz - z - 3337 - 350 szt. - 12.50; 941 pressed on the A2, B2 and h4, c5 key levers; 911 penciled on the back of the keyboard blocking slat and on the lower door’s back; 1153 pressed on the action

Measurements: height 1280, width 1550, depth 345 (655) mm

Materials: wood, metal, celluloid

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-c5 – 7¼ octaves, two pedals – piano and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: K. Walczak, D. Wańka, Pół wieku Technnikum Budowy Fortepianów im. Gustawa Arnolda Fibigera w Kaliszu (1954-2004), (Kalisz, 2004), pp. 22-8; Information from Janusz Starzyk

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