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#42897 - 07/20/01 05:29 PM Info needed on Starr pianos  
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Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone has any info an my upright Star piano. It's serial number is 53091 and was manufactured in Richmond, In. I believe it is about 100 years old. Thanks for any info. confused

Thanks for all the info, but how much is it worth?

[ July 21, 2001: Message edited by: starrpiano ]

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#42898 - 07/20/01 10:14 PM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos  
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Hi Starrpiano,

By way of coincedence, at Cunningham we are currently restoring a collectors piece that happens to be a Starr piano. It was also owned by Shemp Howard (Yes, that Shemp Howard)which is why the current owner is putting money into it.

Starr pianos were in the main lump of OK instruments made at the time. They weren't great and they didn't stink.

Hows that?
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#42899 - 07/21/01 03:51 AM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos  
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Rich:
Not one to ever hesitate to reveal my cultural ignorance: Who is/was Shemp Howard?


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#42900 - 07/21/01 08:58 AM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos  
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Samuel Horwitz (aka Shemp Howard) of the the "Three Stooges". Now, there's a pianist to go back in time to hear !!


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#42901 - 07/21/01 09:34 AM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos  
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Quote
Originally posted by Rich Galassini:
Hi Starrpiano,

By way of coincedence, at Cunningham we are currently restoring a collectors piece that happens to be a Starr piano. It was also owned by Shemp Howard (Yes, that Shemp Howard)which is why the current owner is putting money into it.

Starr pianos were in the main lump of OK instruments made at the time. They weren't great and they didn't stink.

Hows that?
laugh


Rich, do you suppose that before Shemp bought the piano, it came recommended to him from Larry Fine? smile

Seriously, Shemp's piano, huh? Now that would be a conversation piece.

Dwain

#42902 - 07/21/01 10:06 AM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos  
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serial no. dates it to 1904. some history of the company is available here: http://www.waynet.org/nonprofit/gennett.htm

#1238249 - 07/27/09 01:39 PM Info needed on Starr pianos [Re: starrpiano]  
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I also need some info on Starr pianos. I found a Starr baby grand for sale that I'm thinking of buying. I had never heard of Starr before though so I'm wondering if it's worth it. It costs 2000 and the serial number is 197407. Thanks!

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#1238264 - 07/27/09 01:57 PM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos [Re: kaistarr90]  
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That Starr was probably made in the late 1920s. It is probably not worth $2000.

You should start a new topic, rather than dredge up old, dead ones.


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#1923068 - 07/05/12 02:56 PM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos [Re: starrpiano]  
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I am getting a Starr upright this weekend. A friend is giving it away, so it's only costing me the price of the move. It is a beautiful old upright and has a gorgeous tone. My friend paid $500 for it 15 years ago. Hope that helps! smile

#1923071 - 07/05/12 03:04 PM Re: Info needed on Starr pianos [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Hi Starrpiano,

By way of coincedence, at Cunningham we are currently restoring a collectors piece that happens to be a Starr piano. It was also owned by Shemp Howard (Yes, that Shemp Howard)which is why the current owner is putting money into it.

Starr pianos were in the main lump of OK instruments made at the time. They weren't great and they didn't stink.

That does pretty much sum up their uprights. On the other hand, one of the most innovative small grands I've come across was a Starr. Of course, while the design was fascinating, its construction "wasn't great and ... didn't stink."

ddf


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