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#2105414 - 06/20/13 04:04 PM 1926 Cunningham Grand
Jonathan Alford Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 358
Loc: Colorado
I was browsing Craigslist and came across this ad.

http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/msg/3811848754.html

Is there any relationship between this Cunningham and the ones being made now?

It looks kind of beat up.

Jonathan

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#2105423 - 06/20/13 04:17 PM Re: 1926 Cunningham Grand [Re: Jonathan Alford]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7239
Loc: Rochester MN
The current Cunninghams are the reincarnation of a piano long out of production. This could very well be one of the originals.

I wonder if Rich and Tim have any of the originals? Here is the statement from the website:

"The New Cunningham Piano is a project that has been long in the making - longer than can be easily expressed in this brief description. Patrick J. Cunningham began a Philadelphia tradition in 1891 that still has lasting impressions on Philadelphia’s musical heritage today. Many Philadelphia musicians remember playing on the Cunningham piano in their parent’s homes, in their public schools, their churches and synagogues, and these experiences resonate in them when they visit or revisit our facilities today.

It has always been our dream to bring the Cunningham piano back to the marketplace. After all, it is a part of Philadelphia history."
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#2105496 - 06/20/13 10:05 PM Re: 1926 Cunningham Grand [Re: Jonathan Alford]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9134
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Thank you Marty for quoting our website. The real key to the New Cunningham project, though, is the paragraph following what you quoted:

"But rather than simply reproducing history, today’s New Cunningham has taken on a whole new face. The driving force in this piano was to be relevant in today’s marketplace and to address a present need – to offer a premium instrument that gives an artistic performance without charging the same premium that so many other makers require."

Johnathan,

There IS a relationship, but these are not the same pianos. Today's Cunningham is a whole new design.
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Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
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#2105600 - 06/21/13 07:51 AM Re: 1926 Cunningham Grand [Re: Jonathan Alford]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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Registered: 05/15/12
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Loc: Rochester MN
Rich,

Do you have any examples of original Cunninghams, restored or un, at the store for historical reference? When I was there I don't remember seeing one.
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Marty in Minnesota

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

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#2105990 - 06/21/13 10:01 PM Re: 1926 Cunningham Grand [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9134
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Rich,

Do you have any examples of original Cunninghams, restored or un, at the store for historical reference? When I was there I don't remember seeing one.


We currently have a 1905 Cunningham with a Celtic dragon carved into the rim, Marty. It is a very pretty piano!
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
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#2106107 - 06/22/13 07:48 AM Re: 1926 Cunningham Grand [Re: Rich Galassini]
ClsscLib Offline

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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 1716
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Rich,

Do you have any examples of original Cunninghams, restored or un, at the store for historical reference? When I was there I don't remember seeing one.


We currently have a 1905 Cunningham with a Celtic dragon carved into the rim, Marty. It is a very pretty piano!


Photo, please, Rich!
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"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."

-- Florence Foster Jenkins

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#2106412 - 06/22/13 07:21 PM Re: 1926 Cunningham Grand [Re: Jonathan Alford]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1901
Loc: Philadelphia area
I hope Rich posts photos of the Dragon piano. It was near the store entrance until a few months ago.

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