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Tuned a piano the other day the owners said were made for Holland America Cruise ships. From the look I would guess it (they) were made in the early 50's, but could be 30's to 60's manufacture. The owner said 200 of them were made and then sold off years later. It's a straight strung grand, perhaps 6'0"-6'4" in length if I were to guess. Sounded ok though missing some body and richness, but, very punchy sound. Anyone ever see one of these? Definitely cool looking.

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It could be a Rippen. Here is one for sale nearby. They were a Dutch company, so it makes sense.


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Who made it? Straight strung? I'd be very surprised if a straight strung grand piano was made in the time period you mention....

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Ahhhh nice, yes.

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Sorry, had to take off earlier. I couldn't find any markings on it though I didn't not pull the action out. The action was made by Renner, and you could be correct, it could be older though its not 1800's I wouldn't think earliest I could imagine is 20's. But whoever designed it they started from scratch. There is no harp as you normally think of one. The body and harp aspects are all part of the same large piece of cast aluminum. I'd post a picture but this pianoworld doesn't make that very easy.

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Just saw BDB's post. Thats it. It looks similar to that except its shiny aluminum and not painted and the wood bits are black.

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The Rippen grands were built with a number of finishes. Since they were based in the Netherlands, that would be a natural for Holland America. Reverse crowned soundboards, and reverse threaded tuning pins were other innovations. Apparently the innovations for their Irish subsidiary Lindner were disastrous, a victim of early synthetic materials.


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Apparently the innovations for their Irish subsidiary Lindner were disastrous, a victim of early synthetic materials.

Yes, it was the then-available materials that let the Lindner pianos down. The design was ingenious and the pianos, when all in working condition, sound and feel good for their size.

Some people have made replacement parts by 3D printing, but they are not commercially available. I have a page on my website about the Lindner pianos.


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