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I've never seen this before. Where are the casters?? Thoughts?

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They were removed when piano was placed on dolly. This a “mid-century modern/Art Deco” case design that was produced late 1950’s/early 1960’s.


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I was going to say that I really couldn't tell much about the legs from the pictures. They do look sort of roundish, but with a contour/styling line/cutout going down the leg. I've not seen legs like this on any piano ever.

MAlex may be right about the styling of the piano legs. It is an older Baldwin because it doesn't have the adjustable rear hitch pins that started in the late 70s/early 80s(?).

Might be a prospect for you, ebonykawai! smile

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The lid is unusual, as well; it lacks the hinged "fly" part, which instead forms the base for the music desk. I remember that the Kimball La Petite pianos had a similar design.


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Here is an identical one showing the round legs and casters. I’ve seen photos of them in a walnut/teak finish as well. Interesting design and something unique compared to the typical case style...

[img]https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipNFAp5hY6AneF_pqa3ZOSCB25zXXnx2Q_vQEXB9[/img]


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Thanks, everyone! Rick, I'm not currently hunting, LOL, just was baffled by this style. Never seen it before, it's interesting! I didn't even notice the music desk and the lid. Not fond of this design, it looks weird.


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Originally Posted by MAlex
Here is an identical one showing the round legs and casters. I’ve seen photos of them in a walnut/teak finish as well. Interesting design and something unique compared to the typical case style...

[img]https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipNFAp5hY6AneF_pqa3ZOSCB25zXXnx2Q_vQEXB9[/img]

This isn't opening for me.


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Hopefully this works.


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I think the legs don't look too bad in the photo where the piano is on its own casters, but I do think the round legs look pretty bad when the piano is on the dolly as in the first photo.

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I didn't even notice the music desk and the lid. Not fond of this design, it looks weird.

I didn't notice the lid the first time either. But now that I see it, I think it looks horrible! whome


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It's not my favorite design, LOL.


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Hopefully this works.

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I'm guessing the legs were also shortened to be put on that dolly, since it never had casters. That's a permanent mod, and so the next owner would have to keep the dolly or equivalent for the piano to be at the correct height and for there to be room for the pedals.


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Piedmont Piano lists another Baldwin M which is a little closer to the design of the original, which seems to have casters. It has the 2-square-pillar lyre, rather than the single oval pillar in the one that MAlex posted.

They list a number of interesting pianos on their website.


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I’ve always thought of this style as Baldwin’s answer to Steinway’s Teague sketch 1111 Model M’s that were introduced in the mid ‘50’s. (And recently reintroduced). Here is an example, also at Piedmont Pianos.

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Wow, Piedmont Pianos has some really beautiful pianos!! it's a bit of threaddrift, but take a look if you're interested in different kinds of cases etc.

https://www.piedmontpiano.com/pianos-menu


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These Art Deco M's surface once in a while. My understanding is that internally they are proper Baldwin M's, but the casework was "modernized" while costs were simultaneously cut too. My gut feeling is that the price in the FB listing is a little high. Looks like it's in a choir room.


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Those centennial 1953 Steinway grands (as illustrated in previous post) mostly model M are just dreadful instruments the totally reconfigured non wood lyre assembly obviously did not have pianists involved at the final quality control stage, they totally change the pedal regulation and are so different from traditional touch weight for accurate control.
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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
Wow, Piedmont Pianos has some really beautiful pianos!! it's a bit of threaddrift, but take a look if you're interested in different kinds of cases etc.

https://www.piedmontpiano.com/pianos-menu

Thanks for sharing ShiroKuro! I’m a traditionalist on piano looks. To me, the piano sitting on a center post or the piano with many legs are just too far off the norm to hold any interest for me other than to just look and try. It is fun to look at different piano stylings. smile


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Oh my gosh, there’s some interesting cases and designs in that store’s used listings!


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Originally Posted by j&j
Thanks for sharing ShiroKuro! I’m a traditionalist on piano looks. To me, the piano sitting on a center post or the piano with many legs are just too far off the norm to hold any interest for me other than to just look and try. It is fun to look at different piano stylings. smile
I too like the traditional look of a grand piano, j&j.

But when you are sitting at the piano, playing it, you don't notice the looks of the legs at the time. smile

My Baldwin R is a model 226, art case. But I bought it used and got a very good buy on it, so I was not put off by the Queen Ann style legs and fancy music desk.

I was told by a piano dealer that an art case style grand piano was difficult to sell. Maybe that is why I got a good deal on the Baldwin R. smile

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