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Elgar's piano

This instrument was Edward Elgar's tool of composition during a very productive period of his life. Names of some of the works composed on this instrument are inscribed on the soundboard. Elgar's most famous work, "The Enigma Variations", was begun, intermittently worked upon and completed using this piano. Compass: F1–f4; 3-Octave span 492. Stringing: 11 singles F1–D2; bichord E–f4. Action: John Geib's action with semi-check. Overdampers to b2. Pedal: Dampers.

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    John Broadwood & Sons [Corporation]
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    Cobbe Collection
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    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Inscriptions:Elgar's inscriptions on the soundboard are as follows: Caraticus... 98 / Sea Pictures 99 / Gerontius 1900 / Mr Rabbit! / Carice & Edward Elgar pianoforte repairers & Co Augt 1901 / Edward Elgar Birchwood Lodge|On nameboard: John Broadwood & Sons / Manufacturers to Her Majesty / Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, / London|Serial number: 56785|On b key-lever: Repaired by Elgar Bros Worcester 1867
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  • Repository:Cobbe Collection
  • Measurements:L. 1705. W. 691. D. 279.