Cottage Piano Project

The following is a series of discussions related to finding and restoring an antique cottage piano of the late Victorian age:

The term “cottage piano” came about c.1813, to refer to the more compact variety of pianos (approximately 3-5 ft height) destined for more casual usage (as opposed to formal usage in concerts or private halls of royalty). By the 1850s these style of pianos essentially standardized into the approximately 4 foot high upright acoustic piano that we know today, which are ideally suited for “cottages” where space (and finances) is limited. The era of “cottage pianos” ends roughly at the 1890s, where style and material of the piano makes a distinct transition to what is still known as the “modern piano.”

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