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1915 Mahogany Steinway Model A for sale (Read 1292 times)

Offline cynxing

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1915 Mahogany Steinway Model A for sale
« on: September 25, 2015, 09:59:36 PM »
My boyfriend Geoff has a piano he inherited from his mother who was a concert pianist.
He loves the piano but it has been in climate controlled piano storage for a long time, and you cannot sail a piano.  So he is considering letting it go to someone who will love it and use it.

This Mahogany Steinway 6'4" model "A" #117385 is 100 years old this year.  The cabinet is well preserved and has round, fluted legs.  Fully original parts.  The moving parts are worn out because the instrument was well used.  Hammers are worn flat, soundboard shows stress along the treble bridge but very little bridge rolling has occurred.  The ring time is excellent even though the strings are likely to be original and should be replaced.

This 1915 piano is in Southern California, where it was purchased in 1934 by Geoff's mother.  They stopped making this model in 1936.  Most of what we know about it came from an appraisal in 1995 by Bill Shull Piano Services.  He recommended rebuilding the action, fixed structure, and some minor refinish to the cabinet.  At that time he said it would be worth $6000.

We are seeking any interested buyers.  Photos available upon request.  Thanks, Cynthia

Offline iansinclair

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Re: 1915 Mahogany Steinway Model A for sale
«Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015, 03:51:17 PM »
and for any who are reading this (I'm not in the market myself!) the early Steinway A's, like this one, have a reputation for superb tone and evenness.

The only comment I might make is that the action -- if it is original -- is difficult to adjust.  There is nothing wrong with it, provided it is not unduly worn, but it can drive technicians slightly wild...  The action on my A (1898) is fine, but my tech. has been known to make rather rude comments about it when working on it to get it right!
Ian