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#294358 - 05/09/08 10:38 PM Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/msg/674340158.html

Palindrome's beautiful Bechstein in the Vertical Owner's thread led me to notice this piano.

Has anyone heard of a Berger? It "needs work to restore to playability"

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#294359 - 05/10/08 12:22 AM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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Most likely strait strung and having an action not worth working on. What is referred to as a birdcage action.
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#294360 - 05/10/08 03:57 PM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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Olde English birdcage action upright. Dime a dozen. Found in every antique shop. Nearly unserviceable to use as a modern musical instrument. Little or no musical instrument value. Value as an antique is whatever they can gouge their customers for.
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#294361 - 05/10/08 04:02 PM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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Quote: It "needs work to restore to playability"
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You got that right, and then it still won't be terribly special. I'd look further for an instrument. This one no longer qualifies.
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#294362 - 05/10/08 04:48 PM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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My upright is about the same vintage and it does not have birdcage action. A person would have to look inside to be sure, since it was made during a transitional period in design.
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#294363 - 05/10/08 04:55 PM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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Hey, if it was closer to me, I would have taken the freebie, throw the innards out, and put a digital piano in that beautiful case.
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#294364 - 05/10/08 06:23 PM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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I know it would be expensive, but couldn't a tier 1 upright innerds replace the worn out trash inside?
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#294365 - 05/10/08 07:27 PM Re: Berger upright with inlays and candelabra
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Thanks everyone, Rod and Craigen are right on the mark.

Here is the information from the owner in e-mail today:
"The serial # is A 32044. Below that is another # 13772. I have no idea how old, it could be from Germany. It looks like a Bechstein. Everything is in order, it doesn't look broken. Just a lot of sticking notes, and way out of tune. It is the birdcage style. I have no idea what it would take to rehab her to glory."

I like doremi's idea for putting my Casio PX200 in it but I don't have room for it.

I do have a wonderful Charles Walter traditional console in mahogany, it is just some day dreaming.

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