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Otto Bach Upright Piano (137)

    Serial number: 31602. This attractive piano is a late model Otto Bach which was proudly manufactured in South African. The piano’s mahogany finish was repolished to a satin finish before we purchased it (in April 2024). It has the ever-popular Queen Anne leg detail with additional mouldings and scrolls on the panels. This is a very beautiful style that came with this more expensive option, late model Otto Bach. The tone is lively and cheerful… Read More »Otto Bach Upright Piano (137)

    Otto Bach Upright Piano (136)

      Serial number: 35884. This is a late model, likely a late 80’s version, of the Classic design Otto Bach manufactured in the Dietmann factory in the Cape, South Africa. In a walnut case, the piano is in original condition with very light use, even having its original stool. These pianos are our go-to in the local market. Their longevity and reputation makes them an ever-popular choice for students and teachers. The modern, clean design lends… Read More »Otto Bach Upright Piano (136)

      J.C. Campbell Upright Piano (125)

        Serial number: 200813. Manufactured in America in about 1920, one expects the piano to be typically hardier and – as with this piano – that is the case with the J.C. Campbell make generally. The natural patina of its original French polish walnut casing offers appealing variation in the shades of colour, suiting its bold and defined frames as well as edging details. The piano has a stately appearance: impressive and dignified without being imposing.… Read More »J.C. Campbell Upright Piano (125)

        Kelman Upright Piano (530)

          Serial number: 11989. This piano was manufactured in London, England in about 1930. This is an example of an English Reconditioned piano. There is more information about English modernised pianos below the photographs. We have just finished painting this piano with Granny B’s Black Betty chalk paint and it now has a textured look. Surprisingly for an English piano, the tone is a lovely warm and mellow one. It has 85 keys – with a… Read More »Kelman Upright Piano (530)

          Bösendorfer Grand Piano (942)

            Serial number: 27780. This piano was manufactured in Vienna, Austria, in 1957. We are fortunate enough to have found and purchased this piano from this fabled maker who has become one of Austria’s most famous exports. In the world of pianos, we do not think any single brand has achieved the notoriety and esteem that Bösendorfer has. They are extremely rare. Referencing the Pierce Piano Atlas, in the decade in which our piano was manufactured,… Read More »Bösendorfer Grand Piano (942)

            Kawai Grand Piano (925)

              Serial number 330995. This Model No. 330 K. Kawai was manufactured in Japan. In a time when Kawai was not recognised as a make, the piano was relabelled Bernhard Steiner. Note the photo where they have rubbed out Kawai to add Bernhard Steiner, yet have kept the Kawai factory logos and medallions. It is in excellent, original condition with a high gloss black finish. There are minor veneer cracks, one on each cheek and a… Read More »Kawai Grand Piano (925)

              Gors & Kallmann Upright Piano (040)

                This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany. These are the pianos that have given pre-war German makes their amazing reputation. There is no need to say more! It is an exceptionally good piano! The piano has ivory keys and a rosewood casing. Standing approximately 1.3m tall, this is a true ‘upright-grand’ – a big piano with big tone! The piano has three double frames in the top panel matched with a frame in the bottom… Read More »Gors & Kallmann Upright Piano (040)

                Fritz Kuhla Upright Piano (667)

                  Serial number: 48834. Manufactured in Langlau, Germany, in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, this stunning and striking piano is something unusual: quite a statement piece! It is integral to note that this is a genuine German Fritz Kuhla. Many local versions produced in the Dietmann factory, although decent, show a distinct difference in quality and use of parts. The two-tone gloss black and maple casing is sophisticated and stylish and is matched with the… Read More »Fritz Kuhla Upright Piano (667)

                  Kawai Upright Piano (669)

                    Serial number: 238569. This piano was manufactured in Japan. Kawai is a most respected piano maker. The action is one that will suit an intermediate to high level player. The casing is an attractive walnut and the structure is sweet and tidy with modern, clean lines. The tone is cheerful, not tinny and would suit an environment in which one is not looking for great volume as the resonance is quite short and does not… Read More »Kawai Upright Piano (669)

                    Yamaha Grand Piano (953)

                      Serial number: K J3783970. This Model GB1 Yamaha Grand was manufactured in Indonesia. This is probably the newest Yamaha we have had in stock. According to the original owner, it was bought new in 2022 and, literally, has never been played, serving as a furniture piece, covered by a crocheted blanket. It certainly looks like that was the case, it as far as we can tell, the high gloss black casing shines without a mark… Read More »Yamaha Grand Piano (953)

                      Schimmel Upright Piano (662)

                        Serial number: 186803. This Schimmel upright was manufactured in Braunsweig, Gemany. This is a “little wonder” of a piano. Schimmel has for long been regarded as one of the best and highest quality pianos in the world. To get something this good with such a beautiful action in a very compact piano is highly unusual. The stained black oak casing is also very unusual, giving a timeless, understated aesthetic, often lacking in modern offerings. Please… Read More »Schimmel Upright Piano (662)

                        Kawai Upright Piano (661)

                          Serial number: 328174. This Model K-20 Kawai was manufactured in Japan. Kawai is recognised as a high-quality brand who build pianos of professional use standards. This tall model upright certainly lives up to this expectation and offers an unusually full rich tone not really achievable in small uprights. Eastern zone pianos of this era carried an often more favourable rounder tone quality compared to later examples. This high gloss black-cased beautiful piano is a feature… Read More »Kawai Upright Piano (661)

                          Young Chang Upright Piano (660)

                            Serial number 8105277. This Model U121 Young Chang piano was manufactured in Korea. Young Chang has a well-established reputation for quality pianos. They have collaborated with some of the most famous piano brands and factories to develop and build an extremely good quality instrument. It is hard to believe that these pianos were once imported and rebranded Bernhard Steiner to make them more marketable. The U-series is a top of the range offering and these… Read More »Young Chang Upright Piano (660)

                            Dietmann Upright Piano (429)

                              It is surprising that the Dietmann brand is not as familiar as Otto Bach, as South African manufactured Otto Bach pianos were built in the Dietmann Factory. Most Dietmann pianos are a step up in quality from Otto Bach pianos, some venture into the premier range. This is a premier quality Dietmann piano. The casing has been painted in a Pure White chalk paint over Paris Grey with the white distressed to reveal the grey… Read More »Dietmann Upright Piano (429)

                              Otto Bach Upright Piano (118)

                                Serial number 93689 & 63770. Eshelby Pianos repolished this piano’s mahogany casing in January 2019 to a warm darker shade. The smart shimmer finish would suit a contemporary household, and an aspiring pianist as well as a more advanced pianist. It has 88 keys, with a medium to firm touch, and 2 pedals. This piano’s dimensions are height of 110 cm, width of 143.5 cm and depth of 56 cm. The JAE 118 Otto Bach… Read More »Otto Bach Upright Piano (118)

                                Yamaha Upright Piano (603)

                                  Serial number: 972024. This spinet model piano was manufactured in Japan in 1969.In a very unusual two-tone mix of satin black and walnut, the appearance is very clean and smart, somehow it lends a solid feel to the piano. The stool matches the tapering rounded legs. This piano would fit in most homes. The tone is lively and rounded with a surprising volume for a small piano. The piano has 88 keys and 3 pedals.… Read More »Yamaha Upright Piano (603)

                                  Dienst Upright Piano (428)

                                    Serial number 7841. Although not a very well-known brand, this piano is bold in terms of appearance and quality. Eshelby Pianos painted a red shade of chalk paint in May 2017, which really suits the black undercoat and the frame detailing on the piano. Hiring a piano affords the opportunity to try something completely different. Can you imagine the passionate sound of the colour red? The keys have a medium touch weight. The dimensions of… Read More »Dienst Upright Piano (428)

                                    Fritz Kuhla Upright Piano (748)

                                      Serial number: 69552. Built in the Dietmann Factory as a higher quality offering, this is a South African made example of the Fritz Kuhla brand. It has a Renner Action. The mahogany casing has been recently repolished. The structure is simple and smart, with beautiful Queen Anne legs and the option to open the top from the front. It shines and sparkles as a premier quality piano! It has 88 keys and a heavier, firm… Read More »Fritz Kuhla Upright Piano (748)

                                      Monington & Weston Upright Piano (068)

                                        Serial number: 65954. Manufactured in London, this is a lovely, compact piano, with just about the smallest “footprint” a piano can be. It has a figured-walnut casing and is in a nice, clean condition. The piano has a brighter tone, 85 keys, with a medium touch, and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are a height of 108 cm, a width of 137.5 cm and a depth of 50 cm. The JAE 068 Monington… Read More »Monington & Weston Upright Piano (068)

                                        Challen Grand Piano (924)

                                          This piano was manufactured in London, England. It has a roller-action, as opposed to a cheaper simplex-action design, found in many small grands. The keys are a beautiful-quality ivory. Eshelby Pianos re-polished the piano to a high-gloss black finish in 2014. It is approximately 1.5m in length. The DE 924 Challen Grand Pianoforte with matching stool is available for hire and sale.Hire price: a launch charge of R 3250.00 and a monthly charge of R… Read More »Challen Grand Piano (924)