Dear Steinway gurus,
Does any of you know this model?
Furthermore can you come up with a solution to the obvious discrepancy of the ebonized serial number, the mahagony case, the late serial number for this tall model (is it perhaps a T ?) and the fact that it "looks" original in terms of the evenly aged finish. The authenticity can probably only be found out if someone can look up the original model number/history (perhaps Bob Snyder?). Could this be a legit instrument factory-converted at a later date? Finally if one were to import this into the US how much would the transport be and would a letter of authenticity from Steinway help or would the rabid US customs extract the ivories and I be sent to Guantanamo bay for my remaining years?
Looks like a ca.1911 Steinway Model I. It was not uncommon for matching natural wood veneers to be ebonized at the factory. Apparently the black lacquer paint had been stripped later (perhaps when "refurbished" by factory in 1936; or the case or back was changed out). There appears to be a crack in the harp just to the right of the serial number. (148587 is the serial no., not the patent number). With the possible crack in the harp I would pass on it. Crack or not, it is exceedingly
overpriced. Cannot speak to shipping costs, etc.