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Klavins’ Giant

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Billy Mayerl Performs on the Great Challen, 1935. 1

Up until 1987, the largest piano was the 1935 British Challen & Son Concert Grand built for King George V and Queen Mary’s silver jubilee—it is over 11 feet long. (Interesting side note: The Beatles played on a Challen upright at the Abbey Road Studios for the tunes Paperback Writer, Tomorrow Never Knows, Old Brown Shoe and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.)

Full view of the Klavins-Piano model 370, designed by David Klavins in 1987.
Klavins-Piano Model 370, photographed by Maximilian Schönherr. 2

The current honor now goes to the “Klavins-Piano Model 370,” also known as ‘The Giant,” built by German-Latvian, David Klavins (b. 1954). And it is over 12 feet (370 cm high) tall, weighing over 2 tons. However, this may soon be challenged by the next generation of Klavins, Model 450i, which is already in production.

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David Klavins and the World's Biggest Piano. 3
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British Pathé.  "Billy Mayerl (1935) Playing the 'World’s Largest Piano – Challen.'"  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 13 April 2014.  Web.  30 Sept. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
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Schönherr, Maximilian.  "David Klavins' Vertical Piano 'Model 370' Built in 1987."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 August 2012.  Web.  30 Sept. 2015.  GFDL, and CC BY-SA 3.0.
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DW(English).  "David Klavins and the World’s Biggest Piano | Euromaxx."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  Youtube, 31 March 2015.  Web.  31 Aug. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Benner, Frank.  "The Bigger the Better? A 'Grand' for Pianists who Got It All!"  Piano Topics.  Piano Topics, n.d.  Web.  31 Aug. 2015.
  • Klavins, David.  "New Dimension of Pianobuilding: The Klavins-Piano Model 370."  Klavins-Pianos.  David Klavins, n.d.  Web.  31 Aug. 2015.
  • Gedan, Jörg.  "Piano History."  Die Klaviermachermeister.  Die Klaviermachermeister Letuha & Müller OG, 2003 – 2010.  Web.  31 Aug
  • "Piano Challen."  Piano Shop.  The Virtual Pianoshop, n.d.  Web.  31 Aug. 2015.
  • Jovell, Patrick.  "World’s Biggest Piano Helps Funding an Even Bigger Piano."  Piano Street.  Op. 111 Productions, 7 April 2015.  Web.  31 Aug. 2015.
  • Schönherr, Maximilian.  "Portrait of German Piano Engineer David Klavins, taken by Zane Klavins, 2010."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 31 May 2012.  Web.  30 Sept. 2015.  CC BY-SA 3.0 DE