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#2108804 - 06/27/13 12:02 AM Story and Clark 1956 Upright
wildcelticrose Offline
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Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Tacoma, WA

I just acquired a 1956 (according to the serial number search feature on their site) Story and Clark upright piano.

It is in good condition inside, the outside is a bit banged up (that's OK, so is my 100 year old house and 50 year old self wink

Even though it hasn't been tuned in years (even after the move to the house I moved it from) it's not badly out of tune and everything inside looks to be in good shape.

I was wondering if anyone might know a bit more about it, what mode it is, what type of wood it's made of (I know many if not most soundboards were mahogany at that time)

The person I got it from acquired it from Pacific Lutheran University where it was used as a practice instrument.

It has two pedals (not certain if that is by design or not) and a sticker inside that says "Pratt, Reed & Co"

I'm not worried about what it's worth as I'm just happy to have it, but about it's history and a bit more about it.

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#2108814 - 06/27/13 12:18 AM Re: Story and Clark 1956 Upright [Re: wildcelticrose]
wildcelticrose Offline
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Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Tacoma, WA
I emailed the company as well, but since they've farmed out manufacturing to China, I'm not overly hopeful for a reply

#2108825 - 06/27/13 12:56 AM Re: Story and Clark 1956 Upright [Re: wildcelticrose]
Rickster Offline

Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 9316
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi, and welcome to Piano World!

I'm no expert, but the older Story & Clark pianos seem to be pretty well built... I looked at an older S&C similar to the one in your photo and it had the agraffees across the top of the plate instead of the standard pressure bar. Usually, only the most well built uprights used the agraffees (sp?). This is a studio model, likely about 45" tall, used by many schools or other institutions. The Pratt-Reed inside is likely written across the hammer rest rail and is the maker of the action...

Congratulations on your new-to-you piano!

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#2108834 - 06/27/13 01:20 AM Re: Story and Clark 1956 Upright [Re: Rickster]
wildcelticrose Offline
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Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Tacoma, WA

I'm very happy with it smile

I'm having it tuned in a week or so when it has time to settle in and get acclimated to the temperature/humidity changes.

I'm really impressed that it is not as out of tune as it should be.

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#2108835 - 06/27/13 01:26 AM Re: Story and Clark 1956 Upright [Re: wildcelticrose]
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Registered: 06/07/03
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Loc: Oakland
I grew up playing one of those, and my sister still has it. Not a great piano, but not a bad one, either.
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#2109050 - 06/27/13 12:22 PM Re: Story and Clark 1956 Upright [Re: wildcelticrose]
wildcelticrose Offline
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Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Tacoma, WA
It's great to me because it's sitting in my dining room and works smile

and it actually sounds nice.


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