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Bosendorf with a kimball name??? #46126
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Hi, I'm wondering if anybody has any information or knows anything about bosendorfer making a piano for Kimball. I played a piano today that a man is selling and he said that it was all bosendorfer with the kimball name on it and that it was made for the olympics. I tend to believe him because the piano did not sound like a kimball. It was probably one of the best pianos i have ever heard or played and it was only about 5'9". Also it had the bosendorfer crest above the kimball name. If it helps the serial number was T61943. Any information would be greatly appreciated because i am very interested in this piano. Thanks.

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Kimball bought Boesendorfer and owned it for a time. I believe they copied one model of Boesendorfer of about the size you mentioned and it did indeed *look* like the Boesendorfer, but I believe it was NOT made by Boesendorfer, but in Kimball's U.S. factory.

I've never seen one, but I've always been curious how that copy turned out. Some of the Steinerts are said by some techs to be better as copies of the Steinway they were patterned from than the original. I might doubt Kimball did as well or even equalled their model.

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Thanks. It got me curious because i've played 7'+ steinways and baldwins and kawais and mason and hamlins and this one sounded as good as all of them and better than most(M&H sounds the best).

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Interesting to hear your opinion. Kimball gets no respect around here and I think that's because of the pervasive presence of huge numbers of their lowly spinets and consoles most encountered in the 50s and 60s. But one of my favorites is an old Kimball from 1896. Everyone who has ever played it has said "gorgeous tone" with evident shock. Many have asked after buying it. But I keep it for sentimental reasons. It was my first. So I know it's not beyond Kimball's capabilities to have gotten it right at some point in their history.

[Edit: Kimball also did a knock off of one of the 6'7" Boesendorfers. That is the one that always intrigued me most.]

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Interesting. I have played kimballs before i have agreed with the reputation. It though they were terrible. This one was different.

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The 6'7" was a copy. But for a while a 9' concert grand model 960/961 was made for Kimball in Vienna.


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Also he said it was made in 1984

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Kimball called it their Viennese collection I believe there were 2 models 5'8" and the 6'7"
They were made by Kimball in the eighties. I remember the Bosendorfer looking harp(color wise) It was mostly a retail sales affiliation to Bosendorfer.( Kimball owning Bosendorfer) I also remember the lids were like concrete in that the parts were particleboard. They sounded more like an American piano rather than European.


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Pianobroker--Thanks, now that you mentioned it i do remember it it saying viennese on the front right of the fallboard.

Do you know what a good price for one of these might be?

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It's not exactly a high demand piano in this day and age. I think as an end user buying from a private party, maybe 4K if it is really mint and you personally love it. For a dealer it is gonna be a hard sell for bigger $ with all the competitive pianos in the marketplace. Though I do remember these pianos were not cheap new. I sold a preowned one(ebony satin 5'8") in 1998 for
7Kish. But back then there were not many decent non Asian pianos in a lower price point in all original cond. aside from Aeolian made Knabes,Chickerings and ?


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It does sound like a "Viennese Edition". The 6'7" model actually used a Bosie 200 plate, not just one of the same color.

If there is a Bosendorfer crest above the Kimball name - it MIGHT be something else. I have never actually seen one, but apparently Bosie made a few pianos for Kimball that were not 9 ft.

BoseEric can make more comment as he was a concert technician for Bosie at the time.

Last comment, technically Kimball never owned Bosendorfer. Jasper Woodworking Inc. owned both companies. They also owned cabinet makers and furniture companies, which was their core business.


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We had a used Viennese 6'7" about 3 years ago. It wasn't a Bosey, but it was tons better than the typical Kimball.


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Hi, I'm wondering if anybody has any information or knows anything about bosendorfer making a piano for Kimball. I played a piano today that a man is selling and he said that it was all bosendorfer with the kimball name on it and that it was made for the olympics. I tend to believe him because the piano did not sound like a kimball. It was probably one of the best pianos i have ever heard or played and it was only about 5'9". Also it had the bosendorfer crest above the kimball name. If it helps the serial number was T61943. Any information would be greatly appreciated because i am very interested in this piano. Thanks.
I think the guys here have it pretty well covered, but he-who-must-not-be-named was one of Kimball's bigger dealers at the time, so he might have another perspective.

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He also was a Bosendorfer dealer. And, if I remember correctly, he one time posted that Bosendorfer did make a few concert(?) grands for Kimball with the Kimball name on them.

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Thanks guys, i will see if i can get he-who-must-not-be-named to respond to see if he can give me anymore information.

also if someone could post a bösendorfer crest that woiuld help a bit because i'm fairly sure it was the bosendorfer crest i just haven't seen one in awhile

Also if kimball has a crest could you post that so that i could compare. I don't think i've seen one before


Also the guy i am buying from is a piano collector so it wouldn't suprise me if it was a unique piano. He probable has about 20 grand pianos including mason and hamlin, 1931 everett, and a frech case Louis XV Baldwin(which was beautiful but only sounded slightly better than the kimball which ws surprising).

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I'm not sure which crest you'd like to see. The first one is the crest on the plate, the second is on the soundboard. The latter was just taken with my cell phone as my digital camera is having "issues". Hope this helps.

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All of the Kimballs used at the Olympics that year were white.Other then that I know nothing about the subject.Hows that for honesty?

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DerickII--thanks for the pictures. If it is one of those it is the one in the first picture on the left. Although it's hard to see. I looked up a picture of the bosendorf crest and the one that came up was clearly an eagle or some kind of bird. The one on the kimball did not stand out as anything. I did not look hard at it to figure out what it was i just remember it did not jump out as a bird.

VGrantano--That's interesting because this one is definately black. it is a viennese though. and it doesn't have the olympic symbol on it which was not on the ones used in the olympics but added to later models.

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I can't say definitely if that piano was made by Bosendorfer.

I can say that there Bosendorfer grands that were sold with the Kimball name on them.

Our company had purchased one of the 7' model 225's that had been at Radio City Music Hall in NY. I recall at the time that Rich G. doubted that - which we ended up getting a copy of the air freight bill to authenticate it.

With the piano we had it was obviously not a garden variety Kimball just by playing it. When you took a look under the piano it was more obvious. We got the piano without casters and ended up having Kimball get them from Vienna - they cost over $200 each.

Any decent piano tech or knowledgeable dealer should be able to tell the differenc by looking at the piano.


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