Age of Blasius and Sons Piano

Posted by: auburn

Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/07/02 04:28 PM


I am wondering the age of a Blasius and Sons upright with the serial number of 8051. Can anyone tell me?

Auburn Fan
Posted by: Larry

Re: Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/07/02 07:23 PM

You must have lost a number. You're one number short of a serial number. Assuming you lost the last number and not the first one, it would be from 1910. If you lost the first one, it's anyone's guess. The Pierce Atlas says they started with serial # 10500 in 1890. If it is the full serial number and was built prior to 1890, it's a boat anchor for sure.

Either way, you have an old upright on your hands. It was built in Philadelphia, PA. Think long and hard before spending any money on it.
Posted by: auburn

Re: Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/08/02 09:49 AM

Oh, Maybe that's not the whole number. The number has a pound sign in it and actually looks like "3#8051". I thought the 3 wouldn't be part of it so I didn't include it the first time.
Posted by: Larry

Re: Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/08/02 11:53 AM

That would place your piano as having been built in 1904. As I said, think long and hard before you spend any money on this piano.
Posted by: auburn

Re: Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/08/02 05:01 PM

OK, so it's not much now, but was this a decent piano brand in it's day?
Posted by: Larry

Re: Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/08/02 06:18 PM

Who knows? It was just one of literally hundreds upon hundreds of little piano factories that existed during those years, most came and went with practically no fanfare or publicity, left no lasting impression, and faded into oblivion practically unnoticed leaving very few tracks. Most of the pianos built by these little companies were acceptable, but nothing special.
Posted by: Steve Miller

Re: Age of Blasius and Sons Piano - 05/10/02 12:13 AM

I see your Blasius made David Burton's list of notable Golden Age American pianos (Nice post, David!)

I rather thought it might, I had a Regent (a Blasius offshoot) that was about 10 years newer and received excellent service from it. Techs who worked on it over the years praised it's construction, and it required few repairs in the 25+ years I owned it.

Larry's cautions represent good advice however. The amount of money it takes to properly overhaul a piano like yours exceeds the completed value of it. Not only that, but it further exceeds the cost of a more modern piano that will provide equal or superior performance to yours even after rebuild. Nothing lasts forever, and if your piano has had no major repairs in it's nearly 100 years of life, it is due for some serious work. This sort of work must be viewed as a labor of love, rather than an investment.

But fear not! Just because your piano does not represent the apex of piano performance does not mean that you can not spend many an enjoyable hour playing it. It is possible that a few (remarkably reasonable in price, IMHO) tender ministrations from a piano tech (find one who likes old pianos) can bring your Blasius to a state where you like it just fine, and it is adequate for your taste and your skill level. There IS a certain joy in just having one of the wee beasties in the house.

And if you decide that you like your piano enough to have it properly rebuilt (damn the cost!) you will not be alone. Rumor hazzit that even Larry has an old Mathushek or two tucked away for a rainy day, along with a four pedal Wing....