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#1424779 - 04/26/10 08:56 PM Sohmer 78282 #9B
eem Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Massachusetts
Just got a beautiful sounding Sohmer #9B- a gift from a friend who passed away and an upgrade from my Baldwin upright- I believe the piano was made in 1931 (and was rebuilt at a later date). Can anyone tell me any other info about this model? I could not be more happy with the sound. I need some help fixing a squeak in the damper pedal. We put some WD40 on the joint on the rod behind the pedal, but it didn't help. Finally, one of the wheels on the legs was replaced with a non matching wheel, any ideas where I can get an appropriate wheel?
Thanks for your help!

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#1425068 - 04/27/10 10:37 AM Re: Sohmer 78282 #9B [Re: eem]
dglo Offline
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Registered: 01/30/09
Posts: 103
Loc: New York
From this source, it looks like it was produced between 1930 and 1935. Based on your number, 1931 seems just about right.

SOHMER

1900-27800 1945-97260 1966-159600 1975-203500
1905-32300 1950-103240 1967-164700 1976-209100
1915-42900 1960-132500 1969-175000 1978-220430
1920-48100 1961-136700 1970-180000 1979-226250
1925-60750 1962-140840 1971-183600 1980-231700
1930-76500 1963-145260 1972-187800 1981-236570
1935-86400 1964-150200 1973-191074 1982-241180
1940-92100 1965-154500 1974-198900

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#1425070 - 04/27/10 10:43 AM Re: Sohmer 78282 #9B [Re: dglo]
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By the way, my piano 69823-9B from 1928, is very similar to yours. Is yours a 5'10" parlor grand also? I'd love to compare notes (pardon the pun) with you. My cabinet was in less-than-ideal condition, but I've spruced (pardon another pun) it up a bit with Cory All-Brite. It was rebuilt rather recently, but the original ivories are still there, along with the original soundboard, resurfaced.

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#1425492 - 04/27/10 07:33 PM Re: Sohmer 78282 #9B [Re: dglo]
eem Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Massachusetts
My piano is 5'10, however I did not know it was referred to as a parlor grand. Thanks for that bit of info! My cabinet is somewhat rough and I would love to have it refinished someday, but really, it is not too bad. The inside of the piano is in great condition. It was rebuilt at some point, but I am not sure when. The woman who previously owned the piano passed away this fall- she was a friend of the family, and we never got the exact details from her. I had it gone over by a technician before paying to move it from PA to MA, and the soundboard is in excellent condition as is the rest of the parts. The action was adjusted a bit- but that is it. The keys are not the original ivory- they were replaced in the rebuild. I am really impressed with the sound- I grew up with a Baldwin grand, but have only owned a Baldwin upright up to this point. It is such a pleasure to play a grand again- especially one that sounds so well. I was not familiar with the Sohmer name until I was given this piano- but have been looking up what I can. It appears to be very good maker from the American piano manufacturing days. How long have you had your Sohmer?

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#1425494 - 04/27/10 07:37 PM Re: Sohmer 78282 #9B [Re: dglo]
eem Offline
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Massachusetts
Also, where did you hear about and get the cory all-brite? I am hesitant to use any products on the wood- What finish do you have on the cabinet. Mine is a brown- not really a walnut, but a brown with a slight greenish hue.

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#1425873 - 04/28/10 12:01 PM Re: Sohmer 78282 #9B [Re: eem]
dglo Offline
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Registered: 01/30/09
Posts: 103
Loc: New York
Sohmer, as you know, was a venerated piano-maker from that long-ago era. Some people say that it's sound and construction rivaled Steinway, although I wouldn't go that far. I bought my Sohmer nearly two years ago (I also have a newish Knabe studio upright). The sound and touch startled me, in a good way, when I first auditioned it. The cabinet was rather beat up, but the parts are almost all new. It needed a regulation, although the sostenuto pedal doesn't work. No great loss since I never learned how to use it anyway. I bought the Cory products directly from Cory (cory.com); one bottle to clean the finish, one to shine it up, one to clean the keys. They all worked rather well, except I wish it had more of a shine. There is another thread somewhere with posters recommending Old English and a few other products. I always hesitate to use anything unknown on the piano, but the recommendations here seem pretty solid. Just stay away from Pledge and other supermarket products.

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