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Fortepiano after Walter & Sohn by Paul McNulty

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This fortepiano is after an original by Walter & Sohn, c.1805. It is expertly crafted by world-renowned maker Paul McNulty. His instruments are famous for their performance quality and are housed in the most prestigious concert halls, opera houses and educational institutions. 

This fortepiano has a five and half octave range from FF to c4. It has a moderator and sustaining knee levers. This instrument is highly attractive and is made from walnut.

Dimensions: 221cm x 108cm x 32cm (approx.)
Weight: 97kg (approx.)

Padded transportation cover, leg bag and flight case complete with heavy duty wheels included.

About Walter & Sohn

Anton Walter (1752-1826), who had the title Chamber Organ Builder and Instrument Maker in Vienna, was considered to be the most famous fortepiano maker of his time. His improvements in the Viennese pianoforte action remained the standard for many years. He built about 700 instruments which were praised for their quality by many famous musicians including Mozart, who bought a Walter in 1782, and Beethoven, who nearly succeeded in buying one in 1802. According to Mozart’s son Carl:

Most remarkable is the wing-shaped Pianoforte for which my father had a special preference to such a degree that he not only wanted to have it in his study all the time, but exclusively used this and no other instrument in all his concerts, regardless of whether they took place in court, in the palaces of noblemen or in theatres or other public places.

Walter was born near Stuttgart in 1752 and became active in Vienna in the early 1770’s. In 1800 his stepson joined the company and the firm name was changed to Anton Walter & Sohn. Apart from extending the keyboard range, all basic proportions and tonal concepts were retained until his death 1826.