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We restore the Erard Piano of Sigismund Thalberg

"Historically appropriate" restoration of Erard Piano no.19685, S. Thalberg signature.

1,310€
13% of 10,000€
-16
Days
Pledge

All or nothing This project will receive all funds raised
only if it reach it's goal.

We restore the Erard Piano of Sigismund Thalberg

"Historically appropriate" restoration of Erard Piano no.19685, S. Thalberg signature.

1,310€
13% of 10,000€
-16
Days
Pledge

All or nothing This project will receive all funds raised
only if it reach it's goal.

What is it about?

The "Historically appropriate" restoration consists in an intervention to regenerate the original condition of the instrument, without altering its characteristics in any way.

The aim of the work is to research the authentic sound, obtainable only with the help of the same materials of Romantic period (glues, wool felt, leathers, etc.) and traditional processing techniques.

The restoration guidelines also suggest the reversibility of all interventions and prohibit any kind of updates, essential measures to work safely and with the utmost respect for the instrument and the historical period of reference.


The purpose of the restoration is to regenerate this instrument to its original splendor and use it periodically in concert.

I wish to bring youth, musicians and amateurs, to share the potential of these instruments that, properly restored, they represent the culmination of the Romantic period.


How funds will be used


The funds will be used as follows:


  • Purchase of suitable equipment:

I must have specific and efficient tools to work safely and correctly.

Part of money will be used to implement my laboratory.


  • Purchase of materials:

I will have to identify the original materials and regenerate them with other authentic ones. These materials will be used for the reconstruction of the key action, pin block, dampers and others parts.

Skins and felts produced with different tanning techniques will be required.

The techniques also provide gluing with hide glue from animal and vegetable origins.

The keyboard will be regenerated in ivory or bone, depending on availability.

Since this is a historic instrument, modern piano wire would quickly damage the whole structure, since it was not conceived for such a tension. Therefore, special low-tension strings must be installed. Bass strings will be wrapped handmade in brass.


  • Woodworking:

The instrument presents different types of woods, used according to their physical, mechanical and technological properties.

Unfortunately, the whole instrument is in very poor condition, this is the reason why it is necessary to invest the most expensive part here.

The painting will be performed with the French polish technique. 


  • External Consulting:

To date, I was able to achieve excellent results because I was fortunate to have an excellent teacher, from whom I inherited the restoration technique. If I can not find solutions for one or a few operations, this budget will help me to cover this kind of help.


  • Inauguration concert:

Restoring a piano that remains unused means missing the purpose of the restoration. It will be my duty to organize in the theatre of my hometown, where I was born and grew up, a piano concerto perhaps with repertoire of the same Thalberg.


  • Crowdfunding commissions:

They represent the management costs for the realization and financing of the project. 

Who's behind the project?

  • Vincenzo Loggia

My name is Vincenzo and I'm 28 years old.

I completed the course of "Tuning and Piano Technologies" at the Conservatory of Music Santa Cecilia in Rome and I graduated in "Piano and Keyboards" at the Saint Louis College of music.

I was fascinated by the historical piano and its immense potential, thanks to my teacher Giuseppe Giannola, who sent me all his knowledge without any reservation.

With him I participated in some restorations, including the historic piano Boisselot et fils no. 16680 (1870ca.), which currently lives in the collection of the Conservatorio S. Cecilia.

Meet him was so important for my personal and professional growth, the greatest reason to dedicate my life in the world of restoration.

I am currently a volunteer at the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome, where I'm taking care of some historical musical instruments.


  • Giovanni Loggia

Giovanni is my father and He is 59 years old.

Carpenter always, his help and his experience are for me the best guarantee on the outcome of the restoration.

I will deal woodwork and painting with him.


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Vincenzo Loggia

My name is Vincenzo and I am a Restorer of Historical Pianos.

I'm looking for ways that can put me in a position to work by rewarding me, returning these works of art to the community.

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