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Any idea what I got here? I have no
#1870270 03/29/12 09:28 AM
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Hey everyone, I just bought a house and got an old piano with it!
I have no idea who made it, when it was built, etc. and I was hoping y'all might could help me out a little. I will get some full body pictures this evening if y'all need it. Here are the pics, thanks again to those who can help smile

Tyler

http://i.imgur.com/mhUFt.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KC2HQ.jpg

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Looks like you have a Wegner parlor grand, with very dirty keytops. smile

Other than that, without some other photos, that's about all I can offer. If you look in the area of the tuning pins, you might find a 4, 5 or 6-digit number...which would be the serial number...from which we "might" be able to tell you how old it is.


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What Eric said. smile


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What Eric and Rich said, but I will ad, under normal circumstances your piano will not have much intrinsic value. Don't get psyched up for the prospect that your piano is a rare antique with considerable value. If your piano had a tier 1 name like Steinway, Mason and Hamlin, Baldwin, or Bosendorfer it might have some small value, probably less than $1000 in current condition, but since your piano has no such name brand going for it, and it's very, very dirty and shows a general lack of care, its value is probably close to zero, and in many cases, people have had to pay to have these pianos removed from their houses. It is possible, although not really likely, that it will be in pretty fair playing condition and able to hold a tuning, in which case it could have some value to your family as a fun instrument to learn on, but still will not have much monetary value.

I am a fan of old upright pianos as I think, when restored, they can sound amazing, but to bring it back to "amazing" condition (which is possible btw) it can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and since I don't really know much about the quality of Wegner pianos to begin with, it would be a gamble if your particular upright could be brought back to be an amazing instrument. In general, if the piano was a great piano to start with, it can be restored to being a great piano, but if the piano wasn't that great to begin with, you are probably not going to get a spectacular rebuild.

I hope I didn't burst your bubble, but that's pretty much what you have. As far as year of manufacture, a serial number will help determine that. Best of luck with your new to you piano and the house that goes along with it.


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Pianolance #1870496 03/29/12 02:19 PM
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It might be interesting to see what you might find under the keys.....let us know.

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Pianolance i think the piano is a grand not an upright?

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I'm betting the piano was probably made in Wisconsin. smile

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Seems like the Wegner was made by Kreiter Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The factory was later moved to Marinette in 1911, but the offices remained in Milwaukee. The NEW YORK on the fallboard does not support this, however.


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That is one dirty pyaner!

Any chance of more pics showing the entire dust bunny?

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What you got there is a money pit. If it plays and tunes without breaking parts or glue joints,it will be a rare piano indeed. Don't even clean it before you have a tech check the tuning pins...
Regards,

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I think I would clean it just make the dust and grime level in the house go down ... grin

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What length is it?


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Probably not as long as the thread is old...


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There might be a good reason for the revivication thereof.


Currently working towards "Twinkle twinkle little star"
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If it actually says "grand" on the fallboard, then it probably isn't one... laugh


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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
There might be a good reason for the revivication thereof.


Since you revivified it, perhaps you can tell us why.

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There might be a good reason for the revivication thereof.


Since you revivified it, perhaps you can tell us why.

I would guess due to this post - http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...Parlor_Grand_of_New_Yor.html#Post2413015

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Ah, I see.

Remarkable.

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Goodness, nothing gets by y'all! Here are some updated pictures. Not in good condition at all! The soundboard looks to get in good condition but probably needs work too. Here are the pictures.

http://imgur.com/a/JAosZ


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Looks to me like it has lots of potential:
http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-salvaged-repurposed-piano.html

I'm quite partial to the idea of a piano bar myself.


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