Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad)
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
141 registered (Albert Brighten, ajames, ambrozy, alerique, alwatson, agraffe, 40 invisible), 1814 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2020295 - 01/24/13 12:01 PM KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age?
Ezra Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 66
Loc: New York
Hi all. I cam across an upright piano (45"), "KIRBY" on the fall board. Inside is the piano is Serial 170337. The keys look original.

I think Kirby was owned by the Griffith Piano co (NJ), but I cant find any info on the serial no or potential age of this piano?

It is out of tune and the hammers are dusty and in fair condition, but a useable piano. Everything else is tight and works well (my non-professional opinion of course).

Anyone with knowledge on this?

Top
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2020362 - 01/24/13 01:34 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
Carey Offline
7000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 7511
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
_________________________
Mason and Hamlin BB - 91640
Kawai CA-65
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2020440 - 01/24/13 03:06 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Were they sold door-to-door?
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Top
#2020614 - 01/24/13 05:47 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
backto_study_piano Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 859
Loc: Queensland, Australia
I've got an upright Kirby. It gets the dust out from under the grand.
_________________________
Alan from Queensland, Australia (and Clara - my Grotrian Concert) & 2 Allen Organs [long story] - MDS312 and CF-15.

Top
(ad 800) Pearl River
Pearl River the world's best selling piano
#2020774 - 01/24/13 10:02 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: backto_study_piano]
Carey Offline
7000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 7511
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: backto_study_piano
I've got an upright Kirby. It gets the dust out from under the grand.


I was tempted to make a Kirby vacuum joke as well - but figured I'd let someone else take the plunge. grin We owned a Kirby vacuum when I was a kid. GREAT MACHINE. However, our large upright piano was a turn of the century McPhail - which wasn't too shabby either !!
_________________________
Mason and Hamlin BB - 91640
Kawai CA-65
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2020849 - 01/25/13 01:19 AM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 23698
Loc: Oakland
The Piano Atlas only mentions the name, saying it was a name in Newark, and Griffith was also in Newark, so it might have been a piano that Griffith made and Kirby retailed. It was probably built before the depression.

It probably is not worth anything. The chances that it plays really well are very slim. The cost of restoration is probably more than it would cost to buy a better piano new.

If you are looking for a piano, I suggest that you try some new ones, just to get a feel for that market, and to get an idea of what pianos are supposed to sound and play like.
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top
#2020882 - 01/25/13 03:44 AM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Carey]
musicpassion Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1611
Loc: California, USA
Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: backto_study_piano
I've got an upright Kirby. It gets the dust out from under the grand.


I was tempted to make a Kirby vacuum joke as well - but figured I'd let someone else take the plunge. grin We owned a Kirby vacuum when I was a kid. GREAT MACHINE. However, our large upright piano was a turn of the century McPhail - which wasn't too shabby either !!


This thread just keeps reminding me I need to vacuum the living room smile
_________________________
Pianist and Piano Teacher

Top
#2021055 - 01/25/13 10:58 AM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: musicpassion]
Carey Offline
7000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 7511
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: backto_study_piano
I've got an upright Kirby. It gets the dust out from under the grand.


I was tempted to make a Kirby vacuum joke as well - but figured I'd let someone else take the plunge. grin We owned a Kirby vacuum when I was a kid. GREAT MACHINE. However, our large upright piano was a turn of the century McPhail - which wasn't too shabby either !!


This thread just keeps reminding me I need to vacuum the living room smile


Same here - we're having company over tonight.... grin
_________________________
Mason and Hamlin BB - 91640
Kawai CA-65
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2021363 - 01/25/13 08:32 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Carey]
Little_Blue_Engine Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 1258
Loc: Ohio, US
Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: musicpassion
Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: backto_study_piano
I've got an upright Kirby. It gets the dust out from under the grand.


I was tempted to make a Kirby vacuum joke as well - but figured I'd let someone else take the plunge. grin We owned a Kirby vacuum when I was a kid. GREAT MACHINE. However, our large upright piano was a turn of the century McPhail - which wasn't too shabby either !!


This thread just keeps reminding me I need to vacuum the living room smile


Same here - we're having company over tonight.... grin

I used to have a dog named Kirby who used to howl when I played piano...
_________________________
I'll figure it out eventually.
Until then you may want to keep a safe distance.


Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World 
What's Hot!!

--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

-------------------
Piano Classified Ads
(ad)
Hammond A100 for Sale!
PRICE DROPPED!
(Think B3)
Hammond A100 for sale!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad 125)
Sweetwater $55,000 Giveaway
Sweetwater $55,000 Mic Locker Giveaway
(ads)
PD - WNG - MH
Wessell Nickel & Gross
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Problem Parents
by AZNpiano
05/04/16 11:43 AM
Yamaha YDP-141 vs Casio PX-135
by frenery
05/04/16 09:15 AM
Jazz Piano Comping - How to Comp
by BB666
05/04/16 08:55 AM
Piano Adventures Adult All-in-one: New edition with video!
by TrevorM
05/04/16 07:08 AM
Roland HP605 or Casio GP300
by marko697
05/04/16 06:19 AM
Forum Stats
83,505 Registered Members
44 Forums
172,389 Topics
2,521,087 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission