A 1936, Challen baby grand piano with a mahogany case. Piano has an eighty-eight note keyboard and a two-pedal piano lyre. Ideal for a smaller space. Norman 'Hurricane' Smith was the studio engineer on all of the EMI recordings by The Beatles until 1965 when he was promoted from engineer to producer. John Lennon first bestowed upon Smith the nickname of 'Normal', and it was quickly picked up by the other Beatles. Lennon did so as a humorous reference to Smith's unhurried, unflappable and amiable nature. Smith engineered the sound for almost 100 Beatles songs in total. In early 1967, he began working with a new group, Pink Floyd, producing their first, second, and fourth studio albums. In 1971, Smith, using a recording artist pseudonym of Hurricane Smith, had a UK No. 2 hit with 'Don't Let It Die'. In 1972, he enjoyed a transatlantic hit with 'Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?', which became a US No. 1 Cash Box and a Billboard Pop No. 3 hit. It reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. Also included on Smith's self-titled debut album was a third hit single, a cover version of Gilbert O'Sullivan's 'Who Was It?'.
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This piano comes with the Besbrode Pianos Warranty. Price includes:
3 year warranty after restoration
Up to £45 towards first tuning. Usually 4 weeks after piano delivery to allow "settling in".
Free piano stool
Free delivery to a ground floor residence within mainland UK.
PIANO RESTORATION INCLUDES: Tuned, Cleaned, Regulated. All strings replaced. Soundboard repaired where necessary. Frame coated. All hammer heads renewed. New dampers and leathers replaced where necessary. Keys Tops cleaned or replaced. Case stripped and repolished to an excellent standard.
Call Steven Leeming at Sales Support on Call +44 (0)113 2448344 to confirm purchase of this piano and he will assist you to make a card payment over the phone. Debit and Credit cards accepted. An invoice will be sent out to you as proof of payment.
Don't Let It Die is a song, written, produced, and sung by Hurricane Smith. It was originally recorded by Smith as a demo in the hopes that John Lennon would record the song. Following advice from Mickie Most, Smith decided to release it himself. It made #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Smith received the 1972 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. The lyrics have an ecological theme, stressing the beauty and fragility of nature, and the human responsibility to look after it. A message perhaps more relevant today than when it was written.
Challen piano with Hurricane Smith Photos and Awards
Challen piano with Hurricane Smith Photo
Challen piano manufacturers logo on fall
Challen piano music desk
Challen piano lyre
Challen piano lid stay
Challen square, tapered piano leg
Challen piano cheek detail
'John Lennon called me Normal'
"Butterfly Hurricane" recorded on Hurricane Smith's Challen Piano at Besbrode Pianos. Original composition by Kevin James.
This piano comes with a free piano stool:
Free Standard, Piano Stool PRICE: FREE
Piano Stool Upgrades:
Adjustable, Real Leather, Concert Piano Stool - Available in black and brown PRICE: £450.00 + VAT
Bespoke, Adjustable Piano Stool - Available in different finishes and leg styles - This is an example of a burr walnut finish PRICE: £1000.00 + VAT
Optional Extras: PianoDisc iQ HD Airport Digital Player Piano System
This grand piano carpet is specially designed to protect your grand piano from rising hot air produced from underfloor heating. Also provides excellent damp resistance. Reduces noise levels. Reduces the need for castor cups. Available in black in 9 lengths from 5ft to 9ft
5ft - £385.00
5ft 6in - £395.00
6ft - £405.00
6ft 6in - £415.00
7ft - £425.00
7ft 6in - £435.00
8ft - £445.00
8ft 6in - £455.00
9ft - £465.00
Add To Your Order: Castor Cups in Black, Beech, Laurel or Rubber
Castor cup. Sold individually. Available in 45 mm, 70 mm and 100 mm diameters in either black, beech, laurel or rubber
45mm - £7.25
70mm - £8.75
100mm - £12.25
Add To Your Order: Castor Cups in Chrome or Brass
Castor cup. Sold individually. Available in 40 mm and 80 mm diameters in either chrome or brass
40mm - £18.25
80mm - £33.25
Add To Your Order: Castor Cups in Glass
Castor cup. Sold individually. Available in 55 mm in glass. This cup will raise the piano by approximately 2.5 cm
55mm - £18.25
Add To Your Order: Nylon Proofed Grand Piano Cover
Nylon proofed grand piano cover made from 4 oz PU coated nylon with a water repellent finish. Available in black only
Up to 6ft 6in - £109.00
Over 6ft 6in - £129.00
Add To Your Order: Basic Cotton Grand Piano Cover
Basic cotton grand piano cover. This cover acts as a dust cover only. Skirt length is 18 inches. Available in black, conker brown and olive green
Up to 6ft 6in - £119.00
Over 6ft 6in - £134.00
Add To Your Order: Vinyl Fleece Lined Grand Piano Cover
Vinyl fleece lined grand piano cover made from leather-look vinyl with a soft fleece lining. Perfect protection for your piano. Wipe clean. Available with or without D Rings in black and brown
Up to 6ft 6in - £194.00
Over 6ft 6in - £214.00
Upto 6ft 6in + D rings - £214.00
Over 6ft 6in + D rings - £234.00
Add To Your Order: Heavy Cotton Proofed Grand Piano Cover and Fleece Lining
Heavy cotton proofed grand piano cover with bonded protective fleece lining. Ideal for home use. Skirt length is 18 inches. Available in black and tan
Up to 6ft 6in - £234.00
Over 6ft 6in - £264.00
Upto 6ft 6in + D rings - £259.00
Over 6ft 6in + D rings - £289.00
Add To Your Order: Quilted Grand Piano Cover with Fleece Lining
Quilted grand piano cover. PU coated outer, compressed needle polyester wadding in the centre and protective fleece lining. The fabrics are quilted together with a 3 inch quilting line and an overall thickness of 10mm. Skirt length is 18 inches. Available in black, blue, brown and green
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