Johan Rippen Grand Piano in Off-White Cast Aluminum
J.J. Rippen for Rippen Pianofabriek N.V, grand piano, cast aluminum, wood, brass, The Netherlands, design 1946, production 1950s.
This model is a renowned grand piano conceived by the Dutch piano maker Rippen situated in Ede, The Netherlands. The model was a revolution when it was designed in 1946 by J.J. Rippen. The first distinction with other piano's from that era is that the Rippen Aluminum Grand Piano was right-stringed model as opposed to a cross-stringed piano. Another specific and revolutionary element of this piano was the fact that the traditional cast iron frame and the wooden cabinet were replaced by a lightweight construction of an aluminum alloy (silumin) making this wing weight only 210 kg. The use of aluminum also made the sound of this grand piano rich and full, distinguishing itself from other Mid-Century grand piano models. Due to its functional aspects and vibrant and full sound, this model has been used on the S.S. Rotterdam Holland-America Line in the 1950s were they were first presented to the public. They soon became very popular and were used in various venues such as the Martinikerk in Groningen. The Grand Aluminum model has only been in production until 1972 due to the high production costs and is therefore very rare. This piano has been fully restored and tuned. Please do not hesitate to ask for more information about the condition and specifics of this exclusive Grand Piano.
The manufacturer's plaque is attached to the front panel stating "Rippen".
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