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#2020295 - 01/24/13 12:01 PM KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age?
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Registered: 08/15/06
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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?

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#2020362 - 01/24/13 01:34 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
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#2020440 - 01/24/13 03:06 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
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Were they sold door-to-door?
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#2020614 - 01/24/13 05:47 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
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I've got an upright Kirby. It gets the dust out from under the grand.
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#2020774 - 01/24/13 10:02 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: backto_study_piano]
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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 !!
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#2020849 - 01/25/13 01:19 AM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: Ezra]
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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.
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#2020882 - 01/25/13 03:44 AM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: carey]
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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
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#2021055 - 01/25/13 10:58 AM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: musicpassion]
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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
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#2021363 - 01/25/13 08:32 PM Re: KIRBY brand piano? Anyone know anything on this age? [Re: carey]
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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...
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