Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
144 registered (accordeur, 36251, ajames, 46 invisible), 1589 Guests and 17 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#641143 - 04/24/03 04:17 PM interesting post on one of the other forums regarding derelict chickering?
posey Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 1
Loc: Houston, TX
From one of the other forums--thought it might be better placed here?
\:\(

---------------------

"I bolted up in bed one night and said, "Wait a minute, there's a concert grand piano in my grandmother's house, covered with housepaint." I went to investigate...

It's about 8'6" to 8'9" long. It has the same metal frame as the pre-1900 chickerings had. There is a letter F embossed on the metal frame. The keys are plastic. The legs are carved. Under the paint, it appears to be dark, dark oak.

There is a number 1082 stamped on the bottom of the piano and inside (when you rip the cover over the keys off to get to the mechanism, it's on a tag in there, on the left).

The story is that whoever built the house in 1923 bought this piano from the Piano company in town. East Rochester, NY had the largest piano manufacturer in the world, starting in 1908. It says AMPICO on the smoke stack. In 1932-abouts, I think it changed to Aeolean. 1932 is when Chickering moved from Boston to East Rochester. The piano was too large to move out of the house in 1963, when they moved in. It was also unplayable then. The felts were gone and I think the pinblock was gone too.

Currently, it sits there, covered with white housepaint. The tuning pins appear to be ripping from the pinblock. The soundboard is cracked. The action needs to be pulled out and repaired. Felts need to be replaced

So, can anyone tell me what it is? If it was built in town here, I might see if I can get some old men to rebuild it in the garage. They built them the first time around. I'm trying to avoid selling it, but a $20,000 restoration seems out of my league. I'd like to get it to play, at least, so it's worth keeping around until I've got some dough.

Here are the pics

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano02.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano03.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano04.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano05.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano06.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano07.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano08.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano09.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano10.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano11.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano12.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano13.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano14.jpg

http://24.97.84.9/mike/piano15.jpg

What do you guys think? "

Top
(ad PTG 757) The Value of PTG Membership
The Value of a PTG Membership
#641144 - 04/24/03 05:10 PM Re: interesting post on one of the other forums regarding derelict chickering?
Brian Lawson, RPT Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/04/01
Posts: 647
Loc: South Africa
Hi, to me it looks a little like an 1860's Bechstein. Though I'm not familiar with US brands to say what if it is one of those. Scrape or use paint stripper on the fall and see if there is a name.
_________________________
Brian Lawson, RPT
Johannesburg
South Africa

http://www.lawsonic.co.za

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Christmas Header
- > Gift Ideas for Music Lovers < -
From PianoSupplies.com a division of Piano World.
-------------------
The December Free Piano Newsletter
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) Piano Music Sale - Dover Publications
Piano Music Sale
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Need Help About Accidentals
by Batuhan
12/19/14 03:29 PM
REPOST: Freaked out by how roughly movers handled piano
by kaustin
12/19/14 03:10 PM
Upright dampers not damping much, what to look for?
by JoeThePro
12/19/14 01:26 PM
Restoration referrals needed
by Dewdman42
12/19/14 12:38 PM
Single note with a "harsh sound"
by i1lsia
12/19/14 12:23 PM
Forum Stats
77354 Members
42 Forums
159989 Topics
2349495 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission