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Erard, 1877, Paris

The 90-key compass adds two bass keys.

Erard, 1877, Paris. This "extra grand modèle de concert " has an enormous dynamic range, is clearly intended for use in public space and can hold its own with an orchestra. It has ninety (rather than eighty-eight) keys, extending to a low G in the bass. Erard, the official make used by the Paris Conservatoire, was favored by French composers Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel, as well as by Clara Schumann and Liszt.

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