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Author Topic: Vintage Mrs. A. M. Virgil Practice Keyboard  (Read 1014 times)
annasbananas
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« on: March 05, 2012, 10:42:19 PM »

Hello All!

I have a Vintage Mrs. A. M. Virgil Practice Keyboard with case.  I would like to sell it, but am not sure what it is worth, nor do I know much about its history.

Does anyone have any input about pricing and/or any information about its origin (see attached pic)?

Thank you!



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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 11:07:14 PM »

That is very interesting. It appears to be a half-sized version of mine without legs. Mrs Virgil was apparently the wife of the inventor of the large version.

http://www.operas.com.ar/Music-Encyclopedia/89182/Virgil-practice-clavier.htm

It still has lead in it, I presume, and is therefore pretty heavy to cart around ? Mine was supposed to be portable but that is ridiculous. It was hernia city just getting it into the house.

Come to think of it, for isolated finger work without jumping around, the small version would be very useful. Its value, as with mine, is problematical. For a pianist who really wanted it you could probably name your price, but very few such players are likely to exist. I once tried to value mine for insurance purposes but soon gave up. Most antique dealers hadn't the foggiest idea what it was.

Are you a pianist ? Is it in working order ? If so, if there isn't a pressing need to get rid of it, I would suggest just hanging onto it and using it.  Even if it isn't in working order, those things are pretty simple and easy to fix. Of course if you do that, it is no longer regarded as a decent antique. On the face of it, I think yours might be a lot rarer than mine.

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 05:20:15 PM »

Thank you for all the great info Ted!  I wasn't able to find much in my Google searches.  Everything I found was the model with the legs like yours.  Mine is actually pretty light and portable.  I'm sad to say that I've taken lessons a few times in my life, but haven't stuck with it.  Hopefully one of these days I will try again!

I'm still interested in selling it to someone that can enjoy it, either for practice or just as a collectors piece!

Thanks again!
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The New Concept: Scores for All Stages of Learning

On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal markings, practice and performance tips, or perhaps the right opposite - a clean Urtext score. Read more >>

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