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Shoninger Piano #1424502
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I have a Shoninger piano I'm restoring and I'm missing parts. I've been searching for pictures of the exterior so I can make some replicas of the pieces missing. Shoningers apparently are pretty elusive so I'm having trouble finding much info. or many pictures. Can anyone help me out?

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Re: Shoninger Piano [Re: Lori Dickson] #1424587
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Can you post some photos of the piano here? If we could see it, you might get some suggestions.


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Re: Shoninger Piano [Re: Eric Gloo] #1425454
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Heres the link to some pictures that may help. It's obvious to see where pieces are missing - there are holes that show where something had been attached.

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Re: Shoninger Piano [Re: Lori Dickson] #1425652
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Lori,

http://antiquepianoshop.com/product/252/shoninger-mahogany-louis-xv-style-upright-piano/#

Brandon W_T_ posted a link to a different piano in this shop but I noticed the Shoninger. Seems like what remains of the brackets on the front of yours is similar although less ornate than this example.

Good luck,
EDIT If you look on that site, there is a Shoninger catalog that I think has your piano in it. Or at least very close. It appears that you have a Colonial Cabinet Grand.

http://antiquepianoshop.com/online-museum/shoninger/#

Looking further they have your exact piano too.


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Thanks - that's a big help. I could still use some close up shots of the legs if there are any out there.

Re: Shoninger Piano [Re: supersport] #1426504
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Apparently my piano may be a later version of the Colonial Upright one shone in the photos. The serial number is 35844 and the various parts of wood are stamped 3080. Some sites I've found date it in the 50's.

According to the pictures the "columns" are attached at the front and back of each side. My piano's holes aren't located in those positions. The bottom holes are at 1 1/4" and 4 3/8", and the top holes are at 2 5/16" and 6 1/8". The pieces would have to screw into the underside and bottom as the holes don't go all the way through.

Re: Shoninger Piano [Re: Lori Dickson] #1437570
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Hi Lori,

My sister spells her name the same way. smile

Unless I misunderstand from your pictures, it appears you are missing the legs and the front panel. With rare exceptions, the likelihood of determining the precise look of a piano of that vintage is probably doubtful. More often than not a model number wasn't placed on the piano and countless combinations of furniture styles were available, including the wood type, legs and carvings on the front and sides. Ironically, even with a catalog you would probably only be able to determine your model or style by matching it with a picture in the catalog, except you can't because the pieces are missing - catch 22.

Other than the satisfaction of restoring the instrument to its exact original look, replacing the missing parts with something similar should have no real negative effect such as value. You might be able to find acceptable parts from technicians or refinishers. Personally I have kept such pieces lying around for way too many years "just in case". Old pianos get scrapped but sometimes it's too hard to throw away those pretty pieces.

Regarding the numbers, you should know there was more than one Shoninger Piano. The 1950's date is simply too late for your instrument. The number for that date would be for the Shoninger name used by National Piano Corp. in New York. I would guess your instrument is a B. Shoninger (established by Bernard Shoninger in 1850) in which case serial number 35844 puts its manufacture date in 1905, in line with its size, style and even the rosewood finish. Also the 3080 is probably a production code, a number stamped on various cabinet parts to keep them matched up during the manufacturing process.

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Thanks for the info! I figured I wouldn't be able to find something exact - I just wanted something relatively close. I'm not sure I like the designs of the pictures I've found. They don't seem to fit with the rest of the piano. I figured I would just do something simple to fill the space at least for now. I'll keep looking though!


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