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#1869345 - 03/27/12 05:03 PM Ivers & Pond upright
lal and jal Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 6
Loc: Washington State
We inheritied an Ivers & Pond upright with a serial # of 21860. I'm getting it tuned on Friday - so excited! Although I must say it sounds amazing even with the few minor sticking keys - the bass notes are amazing - so rich. I'd say it sounds better than the newer baby grand at church. I'm sure it hasn't been tuned in 20-30 years so I can't wait to see what the tuner does with it.

Does anyone know how old that really is? Do you know what the slide lever is below the bass keys? And has anyone ever seen one with glass feet?

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#1869381 - 03/27/12 06:13 PM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
Ed A. Hall Offline
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Registered: 08/23/01
Posts: 339
Wow that's an old piano. It was built before the turn of the 20th century.

#1869666 - 03/28/12 08:01 AM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
lilylady Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4983
Loc: boston north
How about a picture?

I hope that the tuner can do a few fixups as well as the tuning. You will probably want yet another tuning fairly soon to help stabilize it.

Happy playing!
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

#1869697 - 03/28/12 09:44 AM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lilylady]
lal and jal Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 6
Loc: Washington State
Thanks for info. If I can manage - here's a few pics.

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#1870240 - 03/29/12 09:50 AM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
lal and jal Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 6
Loc: Washington State
Doesn't look like my pictures uploaded correctly. but I have been able to further identify it from an 1895 Ivers & Pond catalog Antique Piano Shop has online. It's style 106 Mahogany & Figured Walnut.

I bet the slide lever is their patented Soft Stop. Can't wait 'til Friday. The tuner was recommended thru a local classics pianos store...hope he's good.

#1892160 - 05/06/12 10:33 AM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
lal and jal Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 6
Loc: Washington State
Quick update - It's now fully playable & I'm loving it. At the first tuning he removed about a dozen keys that needed repair so now that we've had our second tuning it's put back together & fully enjoyable to play. Everything is in working order & those deep notes sound amazing. He figured out what was needed for the soft stop to function & my husband is loving that feature since I like to play before work.
He said it was the oldest piano he'd ever successfully tuned.

#1893138 - 05/07/12 08:12 PM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
Little_Blue_Engine Offline
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Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 1258
Loc: Ohio, US
YAAAAYYYYY!!! Nice to hear of a really old upright hanging in there.
I'll figure it out eventually.
Until then you may want to keep a safe distance.

#1904187 - 05/27/12 11:53 PM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]
lal and jal Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 6
Loc: Washington State
Now that I've been playing with all the keys back for the last month or so... I just have to say I love my old Ivers & Pond upright! I just practiced an hour on the church piano - a baby grand not sure of maker - and I really LOVE my Ivers & Pond. The song I'm working on has a lot of lower register notes and the baby grand does not even come close to comparing to playing at home. The lowest 2 octaves on my Ivers & pond are so rich. I absolutely love it. And it's a family heirloom too. Doesn't get much better than this - to know my husband's great-grandmother played this in her youth! I just hope my daughter will take an interest, she's about the right age to start lessons.

#1904238 - 05/28/12 02:40 AM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
OperaTenor Offline
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Registered: 04/13/06
Posts: 2543
Loc: Sandy Eggo, California
Congratulations! You did well to revive that beautiful old instrument. I'd love to see a couple of pictures of it!
Happiness is a freshly tuned piano.
Jim Boydston, proprietor, No Piano Left Behind - technician

#1904353 - 05/28/12 11:14 AM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
Pianolance Offline
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Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 1202
Loc: Nashville, TN
This is why it's worth preserving the older upright pianos. Many people say,"don't rebuild them, they just aren't worth the money," but that's the way it is with every piano. If you spend $100,000 on a brand new Yamaha concert grand and next year you want to sell it, there is no way you would get close to the original price for it. The reason to rebuild or restore an old upright piano is for the musicality of the instrument. Your particular example also illustrates that there are times when you can just fix up a piano and make it into a satisfying instrument even without a rebuild. I'm happy you are enjoying your wonderful family heirloom piano. Good show!
Knabe 5'2" Louis XV Walnut circa 1927
Very part time piano broker.

#1904412 - 05/28/12 12:51 PM Re: Ivers & Pond upright [Re: lal and jal]
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I just got a request to rebuild an old piano for a friend. It will not be what it will cost for the work, but it will be a better piano than one can buy new, or even fairly new, but used, for the price of the work.
Semipro Tech


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