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Ernst Kaps Pianos

 

Ernst Kaps Piano Fabrik

Ernst Kaps Piano Fabrik AG a piano manufacturer founded in 1858 with the original piano factory at 20 to 22 seminarstrasse,Dresden, Germany .

 

History

 

The piano brand 'Kaps' or 'Ernst Kaps Pianofortefabrik' was founded and produced in Dresden Germany in 1858 by Ernest Wilhelm Kaps(1826-1887) Ernest Kaps was born on 6 December born in 1826 in chub ( Saxony). Kaps was appointed in 1879 as an Honorary member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He died in 1887 succeeded by his sons Ernst Eugen(1864 to 1910 ) and Wilhelm Ernst (1872 to 1943), the company continued on at the Dresden factory until 1930. 

 

Models

In 1876, the company exhibited at the World Exhibition in Philadelphia. In 1922, the company then known as 'Ernst Kaps Piano Fabrik AG' merged with another company, owned and founded by 'Johann Kuhse', who's piano manufacturing business was originally founded in 1874. In 1925 factory then known as the 'Kaps / Kuhse Pianoforte AG', both made piano brands alongside each other. Prior to the progress of the German Empire in 1871 'Kaps' acquired the title of purveyor of the kingdom of Saxony.

The Dresden factory ceased manufacture in 1930, and at this point the company had reported its final serial number as No. 37500. The name and ethos of the company ‘Kaps’ was revived in 2011 by an Australian owned business 'CAPP Imports', the company's founder, Philip Hamilton Shayer is a piano tuner and builder, who trained in England at the Leeds College of Music, who applied a number of designs and improvements to a series of pianos currently in production. Final production is within Australia, the materials are sourced from Germany, China & Japan. With the labour intensive construction remaining With their partner factor, final production is completed in Byron Bay Australia.

The Dresden factory produced 37,500 well-known pianos and grand pianos and from 1885 a consistent manufacture of 1000 pianos per year is noted. The table below shows the assignment of serial numbers to year of manufacture.

 

 

Ernst Kaps Pianos

 

Ernst Kaps Piano Fabrik

Ernst Kaps Piano Fabrik AG a piano manufacturer founded in 1858 with the original piano factory at 20 to 22 seminarstrasse,Dresden, Germany .

 

 

 

 

As mentioned,'this device served to give increased resonance to the thinner tones of the soprano and higher registers for a significant boost and timbre, while providing a more consistent and defined ratio between the sound levels'. 

Other similar and ingenious/radical inventions were patented by Ernst Eugen Kaps, these also included a device that extended the soundboard in to the grand piano lid!  Although revolutionary, most were not economically practical and sadly were not commercially produced.

Baby grand

In 1865, Kaps built the first double overstrung grand piano. Named ‘the system Kaps’ which referred to a triple bridge arrangement to aid the awkward scaling design, limited by the previously unsuccessful, small sized grand, which were only about 1.50 m long. These, at the time were characterised as having ‘solidity and durability of tone’ as well as mention of, ‘a lovely yet powerful sound for such a small piano’!  Essentially, previous attempts at producing a successful small grand piano failed until this time and subsequently, the Kaps Double overstrung 5ft grand piano, quickly became a revelation. Hailed as the first successful small grand produced, later known and promoted by another maker as ‘The baby grand piano’, launched ‘Kaps pianos’ in to commercial success.

 

 

The 'Kaps' Piano Supplied to Percy Grainger

 

PERCY GRAINGER'S CHILDHOOD PIANO

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                      

PERCY GRAINGER learned to play on an upright parlour piano of Walnut veneer & ivory keys, made and supplied by Ernst Kaps of Dresden to Rose Grainger. He reported to have practiced on it for two hours a day, while his mother Rose Grainger, as his teacher, sat beside him. In 1895 the Graingers left for Germany when the piano was then sold to a Mr and Mrs Thomas P. Husband, who's family were also taught by Rose. They kept it for 40 years, before donating it to the Grainger Museum at the Melbourne University in 1935. The piano has now been restored and is housed on display at the 'Percy Grainger Museum Melbourne Australia' This piano was manufactured on or around March 1885, based on calculations derived from data available in Pierce Piano Atlas and Philip Shayer, current owner of the rights to Ernst Kaps Pianoforte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rebuild & Restoration Service.

 

Apart from our manufacturing process, we are also proud to be able to look after your treasured piano.  We are equipped to provide complete rebuild and restore solutions for many of the top brands of piano inc. Ernst Kaps, Steinway, Bosendorfer, Bluthner, Bechstein & many others.

Once your treasured piano is in our safe hands, we prepare a process of works and a rigid schedule so that you are informed of progress every step of the way.  All costs are fixed with all alowances accounted for, so that there are no surprises or hidden extras.  All materials used are the best available and/ or brand faithful depending upon your request.  Often earlier pianos can be significantly improved upon with newer materials and systems, whilst remaining sensitive to the maker and style of piano, we accommodate any requests.  With a full factory rebuild, the  finished result always accompanies a new piano warranty.

For over 20 years, we have handled the safe transport of pianos from celeste right through to concert pianos both locally nationally and internationally.  We have a full containerised dedicated logistics system for pianos including the handling of complex customs and quarantine requirements.

 

Individual or multiple pianos from unpacked to full safe package and crating services.  We even have offshore buying specialists for the assessment and valuation of international purchasing right down to the landed cost and viability reporting.

If you would like to have an assessment of your piano.  Either of value or an estimate of cost in the repair or rebuild, with different options and alternatives to replacing the family piano.  We believe that many potentially excellent pianos are disregarded, even for something as simple as a good service and tune  We are always helpful friendly, informative and most importantly, impartial.  

 

We will do as much as we can to help you make a more educated and well informed decision on how to progress.  We are also insurance valuers if you require certification.

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