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 Performing - Studying - Exhibiting - Conserving

A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation    email contact

        Bill Shull, RPT, M.Mus.  Founder and President

       610 Amigos Dr C,  Redlands, CA  92373  909 796-4226     PERIOD PIANO CENTER SINCE 2006                       

We seek to rediscover the art of the piano as the composer heard it on the instruments of the time;  to collect and study the instruments themselves, conserving many for history, and performing on many, so we might rediscover history’s magic.  We exhibit and curate instruments, tell the great stories of piano and society, and study the history of the piano, its technology and its builders.






New Exhibit: the Steinway Parlor Grand 1859-1892


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Above:  Th. Steinweg Nachfolger Grand


 Tour of New Exhibit is hosted by


Period Piano Collection


The new exhibit highlights successive Steinway “parlor grands” in every design gestation from their earliest to their last iteration


The 7’2” Parlor Grand, later known as the model “C”, illustrates the historical narrative of Steinway history - and the corresponding development of the modern piano as seen through the eyes of this builder.


Steinway 7’2” to 7’5” “parlor grands” exhibited are from 1862, 1864, 1871, 1878, 1885, and 1892.  Two additional Steinway “Parlor Grands” are the earliest version of the model “B”, an 1865 “Theodore Steinweg Nachfolger” grand (shown above), and the earliest version of the model “A”, an 1885 in nearly complete original condition.


In addition, Steinway pianos from an earliest flat-strung “fancy” 1858 8’ grand, to the “double-iron” verticals, to the “Centennial” concert uprights, and a “small” square from 1856 to a sonorous late square with sostenuto. 


Next to the 6’ Steinway A will be the earliest Chickering “Parlor Grand,”  the scale 93 from 1883 with cast iron in unusual places.


Other instruments included in the exhibit may include an 1811 Broadwood 8’ grand, an extraordinary 8’6” Erard grand, a Broadwood 1811 and Clementi 1930s square, and more.   Of 90 instruments in the collection, 1/3 will be exhibited.


Historical Steinway Exhibit added to full tour Beginning August 6


Steinway 7’2’ loaned to the exhibit by Bob and Marcia Davis, one of the earliest overstrung Steinway parlor grands


Exhibit Ticket $30 - group discount (4 or more), regular ticket $50.  By appointment. click here for more information and ticket purchase

Our 2022-23 Concert Season is taking shape!

Review our past concerts here

 Videos of our pianos in performance

Hear Public Radio Interview - Margeret Worsley with President Bill Shull on Musically Speaking, which aired in late October on KVCR radio and National Public Radio

 Historical Steinway pianos?  Please support history and send photo documents to ensure a complete account of the production of this most famous and successful builder.  Here’s how.


We also systematically study the historical production of other great makes, including Chickering, Mason and Hamlin and Knabe.




Review our collection, current exhibit, online database, piano history consultation and other projects.

Visit our exhibit to view and hear the Broadwood “Beethoven Piano”

Arrangements by appointment, complying with Covid protocols

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