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#60668 - 03/06/03 11:20 PM I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
pedagogue Offline
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Registered: 03/06/03
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I have a Stuyvesant baby-grand piano and can't find any information on it. I can post the serial number tomorrow.

Are there any general websites or resources that I could find out more information about Stuyvesant pianos?

Thanks!

-pedagogue

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#60669 - 05/14/03 01:47 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
pedagogue Offline
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Where would the serial number be located on a baby grand? Sorry for the newbie question, but my piano is currently a couple states away from me, and I will be having someone look for it on my behalf.

-pedagogue

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#60670 - 05/14/03 03:17 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
Manitou Offline
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Loc: Colorado
Serial numbers on a grand could be:

- under the music desk, printed on the cast iron
plate, near the tuning pins.
- Cast or printed into the iron plate, under the
music desk or along the curved side of piano.
- Printed or carved right into the soundboard,
either above or underneath.
- Printed or carved underneath a cheekblock.
- Carved onto the keyframe
- Pasted or printed under keybed, or on a support
beam, in belly area (under piano)
- Pasted or Carved into the main action rail.
- Printed on the keys, usually at one end or the
other.
- Inside the action cavity, on a side wall.

[In any case, it may be in more than one place and should consist of 5 to 8 numbers in sequence, possibly beginning or ending with a letter.]

Manitou
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#60671 - 05/14/03 06:37 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
Mathilde Offline
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Loc: Decatur, Illinois, USA
http://www.sweeneypiano.com/manufacturers/manu_details.asp?muID=111
 Quote:
Stuyvesant Piano Company
Factory Location: New York, New York

Serial Number Dates: 1895 - 1930

History:

The Stuyvesant Piano Company was established close to the turn of the century (circa 1895), manufacturing pianos until around 1930. The company is associated with the Aeolian Piano Corporation.

Information source: Pierce Piano Atlas
So, you've probably got an old piano there. How does it play?

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#60672 - 05/14/03 06:38 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
pedagogue Offline
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Thank you!

-pedagogue

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#60673 - 05/14/03 06:59 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
pedagogue Offline
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I know that website well \:\) It plays very well actually. My uncle bought it off a little old lady who was moving to FL about 14 years ago. She had it since she was a child. I also got a whole chest full of sheet music, which has been fun to play, but most of it is in poor condition.

The keys are in decent shape, but there are chips and etc. on some of the keys. There are also finger nail marks along the base board board (or whatever is behind the keys where the name is) The rest of the exterior is in pretty good shape, but could use a refinishing.

Out of curiousity...is this piano worth anything? I would never sell it because it was my childhood piano, but I would look into fixing it up.

-pedagogue

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#60674 - 05/14/03 07:38 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
Penny Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 2943
Loc: San Juan Capistrano, CA
To answer your question: No, it doesn't have much monetary value at all. It does, however, have a lot of sentimental value. You are more than welcome to fix it up and enjoy a well maintained piano. Just know that any money you put into it will never come back to you. As long as you go into the repairs with those eyes open, you'll be fine!

penny

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#60675 - 05/15/03 04:51 PM Re: I Have A Stuyvesant Piano and Have Some Q's
Mathilde Offline
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Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 309
Loc: Decatur, Illinois, USA
"How much the piano is worth" depends more on how it sounds and plays than on what kind of shape the exterior is in. If the mechanism works good, and the sound is decent, then it's worth more, no matter how many gouges and chips it may have on the case, or how many keytops are missing.

If you are planning on putting any money into repairs, I'd definitely spend it on the action, the hammers, etc., IOW, the mechanism, rather than paying someone to refinish it into nothing more than a good-looking box.

And--if I were you, I'd take that crumbling sheet music down to Kwik Copy and make xeroxes, and use those. In my experience, old sheet music holds up surprisingly well--for a while. But then one day there are paper crumbs all over the piano and you pick up the music and it literally falls apart in your hands. It's really hard to xerox it when that happens.

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