During 2013 and early 2014, the Cape Town Concert Series’ Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano, which was originally purchased in 1961, had to undergo necessary repairs in order to keep the piano in pristine condition which every pianist has commended. This is the second time this instrument has been refurbished.
All the parts necessary for the restoration process was imported directly from the Steinway & Sons factory in Hamburg, Germany.
The entire action and hammers were replaced and work done on the case was completed at the same time. The original ivory on the keyboard is still intact and was rebuffed to make it look absolutely beautiful.
As with all new pianos, the new hammers need to be voiced expertly. This can only professionally be done on a Steinway by a technician who has been trained by Steinway & Sons.
Ian Burgess-Simpson and six other of his technicians have all been trained at the Steinway & Sons factory in Germany on how to perform this, one of many, very important tasks.
The castors (leg wheels) were replaced as well as extensive trap work on the piano pedals was undertaken. Each of the piano keys were re-weighed and evenly distributed. The current replacement value of this piano is R2.3 million. The complete restoration process took four months.
To sponsor a single hammer: R2 500
To sponsor a triad of 3 hammers: R6 500
To sponsor a chord of 5 hammers: R10 000
To make a donation please send payment to:
The Kramer Concert Series Jubilee Trust
Branch Code: 05 10 01
Account Number: 07 711 768 9