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#1443505 - 05/25/10 04:18 PM BH Janssen Piano
Takhi Offline
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Registered: 05/24/10
Posts: 1
Hi All,

This is my first post to the forum.

We purchased a BH Janssen upright for our girls this weekend. Here's a link to some photos of it:

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj284/happybluelizard/Piano/DSC02887.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj284/happybluelizard/Piano/DSC02885.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj284/happybluelizard/Piano/DSC02888.jpg

The kids have already given it the nickname of "The Dancing Skeleton Piano" because of the grain pattern across the lid drop. I told them that's what happens to little children who don't practice enough! wink

I'm having trouble finding any information about the piano or the BH Janssen Piano Company. The serial number of the piano is 18700, so I'm assuming it's from the early 1900's. The most I've found about BH Janssen the man is that he was very active in the National Piano Manufacturers' Association & the New York Piano Manufacturers' Association around 1915-16. Does anyone know the age of this piano or any more info about early Janssens?

While I was cleaning the piano out, I noticed the middle pedal is only connected to part of the original trapwork - the rod going up & whatever it was connected to is missing. I'm guessing it was for a muffler rail. If you look at the photo with the lid off, you'll see a circle-shaped scar on the inside of the cabinet (on the right side of the action). There's an identical scar on the other side. Would anyone know what it looked like or if or where I could find a replacement for it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Cheers,
Takhi

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#1443537 - 05/25/10 05:03 PM Re: BH Janssen Piano [Re: Takhi]
M.O.P. Offline
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Registered: 03/14/09
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Loc: Ocala, Florida
The serial number you have posted would be for 1910. The Janssen Piano Co. was sold in 1964 to C.G. Conn, Ltd. of Elkhart, Indiana. In 1970 Charles and Barbara Walter purchased the Janssen Piano Co., along with the factory, and changed the name.

The above information is from Pierce's Piano Atlas. If you call Walter Piano Co. directly, they may be able to give you additional information. They are very nice people, and I'm sure if they have any additional information they would be more than willing to share it.
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