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#2018569 - 01/21/13 07:10 PM Weber and co. Piano question
Tjpp Offline
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Registered: 12/31/12
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Well, I had started on the digital forums, looking at some of the digitals and the NU1, but we were still tossing around the idea of an acoustic. Well a neighbor caught wind that we were looking for a piano for our son and offered us theirs. Was very kind of them, wonderful people, their kids are grown and aren't using it anymore and the wife, herself learned on it. So it's a weber and co. Ny, upright, quite big. Wasn't quite what we were thinking but would be a great start! So we are looking for a mover to move it down the street to us. We are going to have a local technician look at it too. I was trying to do some research but can't find much or many photos of weber pianos. It is tall upright, ribbon mahogany or rosewood, 3 panels on the front face, 2 part hinged keyboard cover. I can't figure the age, but has to be 50 years old or could be 80 or 90 years old. I am hoping it is a good starting point? Any more info or photos on the company...

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#2018607 - 01/21/13 08:13 PM Re: Weber and co. Piano question [Re: Tjpp]
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If you do a Google image search, you might find something similar. From your description of the case, it sounds like the piano may be over 100 years old...probably older. If you lift the lid, you'll find a serial number printed or stamped somewhere near the tuning pins. It would be a 4-, 5- or 6-digit number. If you post that here, someone can tell you the age. Can you post a photo or photos here?

I suggest having the technician check the piano BEFORE you move it. It would be a shame to move it, only to find it needs lots of work to bring it up to proper playing condition. If your son is just beginning to learn how to play, it is VERY important the piano plays properly and is tuned to the proper pitch. Nothing discourages a beginner more than a piano that is difficult to play.

When new, the older Webers were a good quality instrument...but a century or more later?...your piano technician will be able to tell you. smile
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#2018611 - 01/21/13 08:25 PM Re: Weber and co. Piano question [Re: Tjpp]
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Weber was one of the companies that tried to compete with Steinway around 1900. They became part of the Aeolian conglomerate, and when they contracted with Steinway to provide pianos to put their players (Pianola and DuoArt) into, they agreed not to compete any longer. So older can be better.

Age will have taken its toll, but if there is nothing major wrong with it, you might be able to have it fixed up for less than a comparable new piano would cost. You probably would not be able to sell it for more than you would pay for the repairs, but it could last until your son moves out, with no need to upgrade.

It would be a better starting point than an old Steinway upright.
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#2018646 - 01/21/13 09:40 PM Re: Weber and co. Piano question [Re: Tjpp]
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Thank you for the replies so far. I would normally have a tech look at it first but it felt awful to say, thanks for the offer but I have to check it out first! But of course, I am a little worried! My son went with us sunday to look at it and hopped on and played viva la vida by coldplay (one of his faves) and said it felt ok. (Surprisingly, for an 8 year old, he has good feedback on the piano touches, both digital and acoustics that we were testing out). So that I thought was good, but it was older than I thought. We did call a well regarded piano tech in our area, so we are hoping to get him to see it soon. I didn't get the serial number but I will try to get over there and get it with a photo. Hoping that's a solid starting point! Just was so surprised I couldn't find more info or photos, I usually can research and get info!

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#2018689 - 01/21/13 11:05 PM Re: Weber and co. Piano question [Re: Tjpp]
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Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 2334
Loc: NYC
I had a Weber 7' grand from the Aeolian era, and it withstood years of heavy practice. I did beat it to a pulp though! It was a nice instrument with a good sound. Professional grade but maybe a tiny notch below the big names.
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