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#2108582 - 06/26/13 05:41 PM What Can You Tell me About this Steinway?
TromboneAl Offline
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Here's a piano that I played at a gig last night. I've been told it was made in 1935. Can any of you tell me anything about it? Thanks.








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#2108586 - 06/26/13 05:46 PM Re: What Can You Tell me About this Steinway? [Re: TromboneAl]
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Hi Al,

It was built in 1929. It's hard to tell from the photo, but it might be a Model B or C.

How does it sound and play? Has any work been done on it?


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#2108592 - 06/26/13 05:53 PM Re: What Can You Tell me About this Steinway? [Re: TromboneAl]
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Although it looks like it could be larger, I think the letter above the serial number is A, which at this time was the stretch A-III at 6'4 1/2". And the case looks just like one that I currently have.
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#2108634 - 06/26/13 07:05 PM Re: What Can You Tell me About this Steinway? [Re: TromboneAl]
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Nick,

Are the rims that thick on an A-III? That's one of the reasons I thought it might be a C.
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#2108663 - 06/26/13 07:47 PM Re: What Can You Tell me About this Steinway? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
TromboneAl Offline
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Hi Al,

It was built in 1929. It's hard to tell from the photo, but it might be a Model B or C.

How does it sound and play? Has any work been done on it?


Thanks, you guys are amazing.

It's had a good bit of work done on it over the years, and it plays very well. I like the action. Some pianos are magic, and make me play a lot better. This one is almost in that category.

Click here for a recording from last night ("Blue Monk").

Many of the tops of the keys have been replaced. They tune it twice a year, and it sits with a blanket and heater in this old town hall.

They said it had been tuned a few weeks ago, but there were a few notes that were out of tune.
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#2108687 - 06/26/13 08:15 PM Re: What Can You Tell me About this Steinway? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Nick Mauel Offline
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Nick,

Are the rims that thick on an A-III? That's one of the reasons I thought it might be a C.


Marty,

Yes it looks the same. It also has a lip going around the upper edge.

However, to judge the thickness of the rim I often point out that this should be examined from underneath the piano which reveals the combined thickness of the inner and outer rims.
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#2108688 - 06/26/13 08:16 PM Re: What Can You Tell me About this Steinway? [Re: TromboneAl]
Ed Foote Offline
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Loc: Tennessee
Greetings,
by the 5 bichords on the treble bridge, it seems it would be an A, and looking at the serial number, I would guess the larger one. It is nearly impossible to judge a piano's tone on a recording.
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