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#308068 - 07/23/01 02:43 PM Gulbransen Piano History
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Registered: 07/23/01
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Hi,
Please help me. I just purchase a spinet Gulbransen Piano, serial # 375193. I was wondering if there is a way to find out the history of the piano. By the serial # I have found out that the piano was made in 1947. And by the color that the previous owner said that it used to be(army green)I have figured out that it was made for the military for WWII. That is about all the information I could get. Is there any way to find out more on the history of this piano. Thank you for your time.[*]Gulbransen Piano history
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#308069 - 07/23/01 04:09 PM Re: Gulbransen Piano History
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Didn't WWII end in 1945? Is this an old player or just run-of-the-mill spinet?
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#308070 - 07/24/01 07:28 AM Re: Gulbransen Piano History
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DT,
I know that WWII ended in 1945, but according to the Gilbransen web site, my piano, made in 1947, was made for the military. It was even painted the army green color.
As I stated above, it is a Spinet piano, NOT a player piano. I was just asking for ways that I can research the piano's history.[*]null
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#308071 - 07/24/01 09:02 AM Re: Gulbransen Piano History
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Being from Illinois where Gulbransen made its pianos, I was more familiar with their players--at one time they were the world's largest manufacturer of player pianos. I doubt that you will find much info on your specific piano's history unless you work your way back through the previous owners. Gulbransen and Steinway had the government contract for pianos during WWII and both companies eventually were bought by CBS but Gulbransen pianos were average at best.
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#308072 - 07/24/01 09:39 AM Re: Gulbransen Piano History
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All I know about the previous owners we the woman that we just bought it off of originally bought it in Florida and it was army green. She had it refinished to ivory. Is there any way to find out the original owner through the serial number?
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#308073 - 07/24/01 09:52 AM Re: Gulbransen Piano History
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You cannot trace a piano with its Serial Number. They are only tracked to the 1st owner, and even that it often not recorded by the manufacturer. Look inside the piano for a reatailer's name. It is remotely possible that they still exist and still have record from the 40's. HIGHLY doubtful, but possible.
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#308074 - 07/24/01 09:55 AM Re: Gulbransen Piano History
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Thanks Steve, I'll try that. ;\)
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