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Paul G Mehlin & Sons #290716
02/28/02 02:35 PM
02/28/02 02:35 PM
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Hi all,
I have recently acquired a piano made by Paul G Mehlin & Sons of who I know nothing. Please please can someone give me some info.

Thanks

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Re: Paul G Mehlin & Sons #290717
02/28/02 03:00 PM
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Originally posted by ukplayerinflorida:
Hi all,
I have recently acquired a piano made by Paul G Mehlin & Sons of who I know nothing. Please please can someone give me some info.

Thanks


Let me be the first to welcome you to the Piano Forum. Hope you have a good time browsing the threads.

A short history of Mehlin & Sons

Paul G Mehlin arrived in New York from Germany in around 1853, which was the year that Steinway got going and Chickering's first factory burned down. Mehlin worked for Bacon & Raven, a very old maker of small pianos, no longer in business. Mehlin (and his sons) eventually became very successful as a piano designer and builder in his own right and products bearing his name can usually be counted among those brands just below the top tier. Many of his grand pianos of the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century were made in ornate art cases, and yes, a vintage Mehlin grand of sufficient size is definitely worth considering for a total rebuild if you can get one cheap enough. Uprights are a different matter. Classic Mehlin uprights, especially around the turn of the 20th century, when they were at their tallest, were very good, but they are uprights and a good economic case for restoration of these hasn't convincingly been made as of late. After 1929, the Mehlin name was taken over by the Aeolian-American piano Goliath and although there were Mehlins being made right up to 1960, they were being made in the notorious Memphis facility of that company and are of passing quality at best.

The Pierce Piano Atlas contains serial numbers for this brand. You can find the serial number stamped on the plate on the inside of the piano. The serial number will tie back to the year your piano was made. You should also try and describe your piano to us. How tall is it? Is it an upright or a grand?

Best get an appraisal from a competent piano technician too. No matter what it is, sight unseen, we're probably not talking about more than a few hundred dollars.

Re: Paul G Mehlin & Sons #290718
02/28/02 07:15 PM
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Dear David,
thankyou so much for the information,I am not really interested in how much the piano is actually worth,more of the history and the quality (unless we are talking thousands).

I do not have access to the book you described but have the following info.

Model# is 37471
Patented grand
Inverted grand

Once again my deepest thanks.

Re: Paul G Mehlin & Sons #290719
02/28/02 07:29 PM
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That is the serial#, not a model number. The serial number you give places the year of manufacturer at the end of 1917.

David has pretty much given you the history of the company. As for the rest, it was an average quality piano in its day, nothing special, nothing lousy. Just one of hundreds of other piano factories during that time period. It has no real value, other than whatever someone would offer you for it, maybe a few hundred bucks tops. No antique value either. The term "inverted grand" is a meaningless "buzzword" of the period, used to let the salesman play it up as better than the smaller version, thus getting a little more money for it.

If the piano has sentimental value, that's one thing. If not, this is not a piano I'd get too carried away with spending money on.


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Re: Paul G Mehlin & Sons #290720
02/28/02 10:37 PM
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A short history of Mehlin & Sons

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Nice post, David.

Where do you find this sort of information besides the Piano Atlas?

Thanks!


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Re: Paul G Mehlin & Sons #290721
03/02/02 04:16 AM
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Originally posted by Steve Miller:
Where do you find this sort of information besides the Piano Atlas?


The Atlas contains the basic information, the rest is gathered from my particular network of piano technicians and rebuilders. Certain names FOR GRANDS ONLY are known to be good to find for doing a rebuild, if the piano is large enough. Mehlin is one of these names mostly because they made a lot of art cases in the last twenty years of the 19th century and some of these, when done correctly, can produce a fairly nice piano, certainly better than the originals ever were, as Larry has already suggested.

And it does sound as though you have an upright. Such pianos are frankly worth barely the price to haul them away. Old upright pianos are really facing the economic squeeze; their competition is from new upright pianos in amazing variety and small grands.


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