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#1683354 - 05/23/11 09:29 PM What is Chas M. Stieff?
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There is a 1928 Chas M. Stieff 6'1" grand piano advertized locally for $2500. It looks like it is in original shape.

I had never hear of them until now, and they aren't even mentioned in Larry Fine's book, so I did a bit of research. If you can believe what you read on the web they are a pretty good piano.

I've been saving up for a new or nearly new grand at least 6', and at this point have it narrowed down to Estonia, Petrof or Boston. But I'm probably at least 3 years away from that.

I have considered a older piano, possibly a fixer upper, and at this price I could start now.

This is my first post here, but I've been following this off and on for some time.

Any educated opinions? Thanks!
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#1683413 - 05/23/11 11:33 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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In a piano of that vintage it always comes down to condition, however, Stieff was generally considered a very fine piano in its day. It had good build quality and materials, however, they never got the name recognition of their Baltimore competitor, Knabe.
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#1683624 - 05/24/11 09:07 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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As a Baltimore dealer for many, many years, I have seen and sold a number of Stieffs. In good condition, they were a very fine piano. The problem is that few are still in good shape, most needing rebuilding. However, unless they are in an art case or have setimental value, rebuilding a Stieff isn't usually a financially sound idea as their lack of name recognition nationally reduces their resale value.

And, you never know how a rebuilt piano will perform until is is actually rebuilt.
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#1684056 - 05/25/11 12:53 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Thank you very much, this will help me make a better evaluation.

I plan to see the piano this Friday May 27. I'm curious to know how one of these made it to western Canada!
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#1684065 - 05/25/11 01:09 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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That's a nice sized piano. Chas M. Stieff (pronounced STEEF) was indeed a very well regarded piano maker. When you go see the piano be sure and find the serial number of the piano and report back to us.

Years ago, in Newport, Rhode Island, I met a man who was a member of the Stieff family, actually named Stieff. He asked if I'd heard of them? Yes, I had. He told me something like that his great grandfather had been THE Charles Stieff, that they had made some nice grand pianos that he thought compared to the best American made grand pianos, etc.

What Steve Cohen said bears repeating; you never know how a rebuilt piano will perform until is is actually rebuilt.

You can find yourself a nice basic piano to have rebuilt, a “core” as some call them. That's basically the case, the keyboard and the plate. That Stieff piano might or might not be a candidate. If any of those things has physical problems, especially the plate, it's a red flag and a no go. In a really old piano the rebuilder has the choice of replacing the action (not always possible) or modernizing it with replacement parts (not always so easy). And it will be expensive, at this point you can buy a new Chinese piano of the same size for less and believe me, you can buy quality from China these days. I've seen and played them.

Would I do something like this anyway? If money were no option, and if the case was an art case, maybe. But there's no guarantee how they will sound when they come back. You may or may not like the result even if the bare minimum requirements are met; that it looks, plays and sounds as if brand new.
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#1684242 - 05/25/11 10:15 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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I agree with the other fine responses you have received here. I do have some thoughts keying in on another aspect of your post.

You say that you are 3 years away from your goal, but you don't say what you are playing now. If the Steiff is a pleasure to play, would it be helpful to your development as a pianist to own and play it for the next three years? If so, it's worth exploring further.

I have a 1911 Stieff in my living room that I enjoy playing everyday. I'm a piano technician, and someday, I'll take the time to do a full rebuild. But until that day, I enjoy it very much!

Before investing $2500 in an old piano, it would be wise to check it out with a technician, so you have more objective criteria about its condition. For instance, unless I'm planning an immediate full rebuild, (including pinblock replacement) I won't buy a piano which has less than 40 lb-in of tuning pin torque.

If you like the way the piano performs now, and your checkout shows that that value is there, then buy it, play it, and sell it for $2500 in three years. Enjoy the heck out of it!

But -- in reality -- to buy it, rebuild it, and expect it to be the equivalent of your Estonia, Petrof, or Boston goal -- no. You could reach the quality goal, but your investment would exceed the ultimate market value.
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#1684654 - 05/25/11 10:16 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
Hop Offline
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Stief is a proud old Baltimore name. In addition to manufacturing pianos, they are famous for their sterling silver service.

Be sure to have this instrument thoroughly reviewed by a competent technician. My sister-in-law purchased a very old Stief baby grand (I'm not sure of the size) for about the same price that you mention. Her technician recommended it, and she loves it.

When I played it, I found the action to be very stiff and heavy, the tone washed out. In short, I didn't like it at all.

Still, she's happy, so all's fine. I'm happy too, because I bought a new Hailun 178, which has a smooth action and a super tone. She has never traveled to my state to play it, but I sort of dread that she will visit and play it. I just hope that she never realizes that she purchased a very inferior instrument. Even the best instruments wear out and age.

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#1685836 - 05/28/11 01:32 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Thank you again for those very helpful posts!

I saw the piano today. Sounds lovely, very nice and mellow like I like. I'm getting a technician to check it next week.

Case is what one would expect of a piano this age, lots of shallow scratches and a few minor chips. Definately would need refinishing if used in living room, but this would be going in my basement.

Soundboard has a few very small cracks.

Action is a bit tired but certainly playable.

Two spliced bass strings, several newer bass strings, one missing treble string. 4 or five new pins.

Two missing hammers A7 & C8, way up there!

Apparently tuned last Sept, but a few strings are slightly flat, suggesting some loose pins.


I played several Hailun and a few Petrof pianos today. Definately spoiled me a bit for an 83 year old piano, however the 83 yo does have it's charm!

I still prefer the Petrof sound and action over the Hailun, but the Hailun is a very nice piano, especially for the price. I could definately live with one!

If I'm patient and focused I could probably own one in 2-3 years. Even tho I'm kinda charmed by the Stieff, the Hailun probably makes more sense. I gotta learn more about these.

Better quit now!


Edited by MrMagic (05/29/11 09:17 AM)
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
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Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1685903 - 05/28/11 06:25 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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One of the "charms" of owing a late 19th, early 20th century piano is realizing that it was built when Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Granados and many others (feel free to add!) were composing. But still a "mostly" modern instrument. I like to think there is some of those composer's DNA in that period's instruments (ridiculous, I know but that's how I feel when playing mine).

And, at my age. it's nice to know there is something around that is older than you! grin


Edited by Bart Kinlein (05/28/11 06:29 AM)
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#1685958 - 05/28/11 09:19 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: Bart Kinlein]
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Originally Posted By: Bart Kinlein
One of the "charms" of owing a late 19th, early 20th century piano is realizing that it was built when Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Granados and many others (feel free to add!) were composing. But still a "mostly" modern instrument. I like to think there is some of those composer's DNA in that period's instruments (ridiculous, I know but that's how I feel when playing mine).

And, at my age. it's nice to know there is something around that is older than you! grin


I hadn't thought about that kind of charm but yes, I suppose you are right.

I was also charmed by the new pianos, but in a different way. And that is what makes me aware of the charm of older things, in that they can please us without being new and modern.

And you can't put a dollar value on charm.
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
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GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1686005 - 05/28/11 10:47 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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I had the privilege of playing a rebuilt Chas M. Stieff from the vintage you describe and close to the same size. The rebuilder talked the institution (owner) of the old piano, out of buying a new instrument (he sold new and does re-building) The Chas M. Stieff was delightful to play and I look forward to making a trip back to the city where it is located to play it again. I would not make the trip just to see and play a new instrument.

Keep in mind that the rebuild probably cost the same as buying a new piano of similar size. However, the unique and charming voice of the old Chas M. Stieff will be a fond memory for me for a long time.
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#1686010 - 05/28/11 10:59 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Of course, the problem with this brand is that the action was known to be rather .... stieff.



Sorry, couldn't resist.
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#1686100 - 05/28/11 02:13 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: Piano*Dad]
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is that with a Scottish or French accent??


Edited by MrMagic (05/28/11 02:52 PM)
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
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Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1686373 - 05/29/11 02:05 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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By your own assessment of its condition the piano is already a maintenance problem. I would a avoid it.
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#1686449 - 05/29/11 09:18 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Thank you rXd, I have the feeling the tech report will confirm that. frown

My plan is to see if it is worth restoring to the point that it played and sounded well. I don't need it to look good at this point as it will be going into my basement. There is already an old upright and Hammond organ upstairs!


Edited by MrMagic (05/29/11 11:23 AM)
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1690170 - 06/03/11 10:26 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Well I've made a deal on the piano! Had a very experienced rebuilder check it out. He reminded me to keep in mind that it is an old piano and has been well used, but nothing seriously wrong.

After the current owner is finished teaching on it in two weeks it's going directly to the rebuilder's shop for a new bridge, strings, tuning pins, and some work on the action for now. No missing or chipped keytops, so the cosmetic stuff can wait.
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1690592 - 06/04/11 07:58 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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New pinblock, too (I hope)?
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#1690618 - 06/04/11 08:56 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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No, I asked about that but they are just putting in oversize pins. They can repair any pin holes that are oversize.
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
An old concertina which I can't play

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#1702525 - 06/26/11 05:52 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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I finished the deal on the piano and is now at the rebuilder's shop. I had a chance to play it again and I still love it!

So now I am the happy new owner of a 1928 Chas. M. Stieff 6'1" grand piano!

It's apparent that some work has been done on it in the past.

Considering the cost of refinishing the cabinet and the real value of the piano, I am researching the possibility of doing it myself. I will seek some feedback and experiences in a new post.




Unfortunately the room it was in was quite small with a window directly behind it so photography was difficult.
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
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GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1738748 - 08/23/11 01:04 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Went to visit my grandbaby today, looks great but sounds terrible! Just finished stringing and first tuning last week. Many more tunings to come before it's ready.

Notice the split treble bridge?


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Edited by MrMagic (08/23/11 01:08 AM)
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1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1738782 - 08/23/11 01:54 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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That's neat; I'm not sure I would have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out. It's called a tenor bridge. The smaller Charles Walter grand has one, and old pianos are occasionally redesigned to include one during the rebuilding process on pianos that need their scale design smoothed out.
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#1738962 - 08/23/11 11:16 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: beethoven986]
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Originally Posted By: beethoven986
That's neat; I'm not sure I would have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out. It's called a tenor bridge. The smaller Charles Walter grand has one, and old pianos are occasionally redesigned to include one during the rebuilding process on pianos that need their scale design smoothed out.


Interesting, thanks for the additional info!
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1928 Chas. M. Stieff 6'1" Grand. Major rebuild 2011
1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
An old concertina which I can't play

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#1758262 - 09/23/11 11:16 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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I paid my piano another visit yesterday. This time it had been tuned the day before my visit and is settling in very nicely. New strings, bridge cap, reshaped hammers, but it still has that nice mellow old piano sound. Verrry nice!

It looks much nicer under the lid than outside, but that will come in time. Meanwhile, I'm just going to enjoy playing it!


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1928 Chas. M. Stieff 6'1" Grand. Major rebuild 2011
1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
An old concertina which I can't play

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#1758267 - 09/23/11 11:26 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Hello Mr Magic,

Hey you've got 99 posts on the wall,
Careful you don't fall grin

I love the look of the plate. Good for you in taking on this project. Best wishes in
the restoration work.

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#1758277 - 09/23/11 11:48 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Hi Mr Magic,
Any reason why you are not changing the hammers?
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#1758287 - 09/24/11 12:04 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: victor kam]
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Originally Posted By: victor kam
Hi Mr Magic,
Any reason why you are not changing the hammers?


The hammers were in good shape as they had been replaced not too long ago.

There Dara, I'm safe now, I passed the 100 mark!

Yes, recycling this old piano has been a rewarding project, and I am very pleased with the results so far.
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1920 Mason & Risch Upright (actually my mother's)
1971 Hammond R-100
Roland KR577
Roland VK-8M Tonewheel organ module
GigaStudio GS3 Ensemble (Bosendorfer & Estonia piano samples)
Roland E20, JV30 (retired)
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#1758300 - 09/24/11 12:47 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Good on you for choosing to restore the piano! I think it looks positively wonderful so far, and am very glad you are enjoying it! I'm looking forward to see the outside finished.

Congrats on 100! grin Well done!!

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#1761102 - 09/28/11 01:14 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Wow, this topic and the photos bring back memories. Back in 1968 through 1971, I was music teacher at a Maryland state training school in Reisterstown, Md. The music room had a large Stieff grand. It was old, badly scratched and banged up, and of course, out of tune, but it was really solid. Even though it wasn't in tune, you could still hear the quality. It seemed to have been built to last through the wars.
I didn't know it was the same Stieff family that made the silver.
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#2141116 - 08/30/13 01:24 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Hello, I recently acquired a Stieff upright. I tried searching on Blue Book and other sites, and can't seem to determine its age! help please! Also, there's a larger issue at hand (excuse the pun) ...

When I got it, I was looking for a piano to dismantle into art pieces around my home. However, once I brought it home I started to feel bad about taking it apart. The fact that my wife is from Baltimore also made me wonder if I should keep it intact for sentimental reasons. That having been said, I'm torn about its condition. The keys are all intact but very dirty. The wood cabinet would require extensive cleaning and possible refinishing, and could very likely have mold inside ... it used to belong to a school, and was sitting untouched in their basement for many decades (at least 50 years). The damper and una corda pedals work, and all the keys work, but it's badly out of tune.

After reading this thread, my understanding is I should probably dismantle and salvage as cool art instead of spending money on it. I guess I'm hoping you'll agree as I need some pushing to jump off this cliff ... it might sound silly but I'm really having issues cutting into this "diamond in the rough" for lack of a better phrase ...
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#2141162 - 08/30/13 03:46 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: NickGrooves]
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I used to live in Atlanta. What school kept a piano stored for 50 years?
I think most of the negative advice probably goes double for an upright. It'd be worth less than a grand. On the other hand, sentimental reasons aren't always rational (or bad).
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#2141164 - 08/30/13 03:50 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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P.S. I'm glad you resuscitated this old thread, 'cause I sometimes see Stieffs on Craigslist. I didn't realize they were such a quality instrument. Might be worth considering. :-)


Edited by Retsacnal (09/12/13 03:17 PM)
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#2143833 - 09/04/13 03:26 AM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: Retsacnal]
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Loc: Atlanta, GA
The school shut down about 50 years ago, purchased by a private family and turned into a home. The surrounding land was developed into homes as well, and now it's just another neighborhood. Anyway ... definitely worth less as an upright than if it were a grand ... but what I'm really trying to determine is the age. Any ideas? I was unable to find it on the blue book directory site.
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Hammond XK-3c organ
La Costa Biviano 98 accordion
DeVoe & Son upright piano
Chas. M. Stieff upright piano, may become art project ...

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#2158743 - 09/27/13 06:23 PM Re: What is Chas M. Stieff? [Re: MrMagic]
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Registered: 09/26/13
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Loc: USA, MD
I have a Stieff 1905 Upright Player, many years ago had totally restore the way it was made back in those early days, cost a lot $$$$$, but well worth it to me. Serial # 29611. Have photos of outside and inside. Hap

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