This is a vintage Jenco Celeste/Celesta. This original 4-octave Celeste was made by Jenco of Deactur, IL. Featured in music by some of the utmost important and significant musicians in all of modern history, from Tchaikovsky and Art Tatum to The Beatles and Bjork, the Celeste has an unmistakable and unique voice, which remains timeless, is seemingly impossible to capture with even the most sophisticated sampling technologies. Nothing but a microphone can express the eloquent subtleties of an actual Celeste on a recording, and which better one to own, than this 4-octave Jenco example. Incredibly scarce, and nearly impossible to locate in intact functional condition, as is this example, do not miss this chance to purchase a very fine instrument, perfect for a plethora of applications.
Purchased years ago from a Southern California recording studio, this piece has been an integral part of the majority of many recording projects. It sounds fantastic, and exudes tone which is the perfect marriage of both lush overtones and distinct piercing glockenspiel attack. Some Mustel celestes sound dull and lack clarity, while other celestes are too harsh, so finding the perfect combination is a real treat.
Having owned dozens of Celeste pianos, from a Mustel prototype to numerous 2.5/3-octave Jenco tabletop celestettes, I can say with expansive experience, that this Jenco celesta is one of the absolute best I have ever heard. It is sweeter, more lush, and incredibly rich, whereas most other Celeste keyboards tend to be more bright, brittle, and harsh. It is a solo-worthy instrument, as an entire composition played on this Jenco would dazzle with full and pleasant orchestration.
This example is in good to poor cosmetic condition The original sides have been stripped, the original grille cloth has been replaced, and the lid covering the keys has been misplaced. If there was ever a great one worth a cosmetic restoration, it would be this one.