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I was poking around online (googling "mid-century modern piano," as one does) and came across this, not MCM, but art deco:

1939 Original Story & Clark "Storytone" Electric Piano and Bench

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Wow, what an amazing looking instrument!

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OMG WANT SO BAD

*checks bank balance*

#!@^%& *)(&+...

Worth every penny.

(compare and contrast with the recent flying golden toilet...)

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It's interesting that it's an electric piano, certainly doesn't look electric. It would be neat to play it.


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https://www.piedmontpiano.com/all-used-pianos/1939-storytone-spinet

Regular strings and action but no soundboard, integrated pickups amplified.

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I see there is also this Steingraeber & Sohn.Rather ugly looking but I suppose it will sound great.That deco style Story & Clacke looks really nice though.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/555493100/steingraeber-sohne-118-upright-piano-in

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Ooh, I like that Steingraeber! I think it looks cool!

It’s interesting to me that there are these piano sellers advertising on Etsy. I would not have expected that.


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Well the whole instrument supposed to vibrate with sound.It reminds me of some of the discussions here.Perhaps if the sound portals were a darker colour material or they had sliding wood shutters one could close.,that would be nice! I thought I saw a picture of a new Steingraeber here with these.
Yes it seems you can buy pianos on Etsy now!

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I think Etsy is just a way of advertising and they don't actually end up selling the pianos there.

I actually found my piano on eBay! But I didn't buy it through eBay smile


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Actually both the Steingraeber (unless it has been restored well) and the Story & Clark seem rather expensive.


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Originally Posted by twocats
I think Etsy is just a way of advertising and they don't actually end up selling the pianos there.

I actually found my piano on eBay! But I didn't buy it through eBay smile
I meant that,., My grammar was wrong.I have something through Etsy in the past.Obviously like eBay all or mostly used items.


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Good grief, that Steingraeber is a mess. Looks like a prototype piano/advent calendar hybrid. And what's with that dodgy-looking nameplate on the fall? Just horrid! Of course, it may be a great instrument, but I think I'd pass on it just on looks.


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The Canadian company Lesage also made these. It was called The Bug and was a strung piano with action but no soundboard. Was made for performing musicians. Didn't look as good as the Storytone

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Found an example of the Storytone sound on youtube...I love it personally

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Does anyone know how this works? Is it an acoustic piano with some electronics added?


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I grew up playing a Story&Clark upright. I think it was a 1962 model, which was when the company produced quality American made pianos. I know the brand still makes pianos in China, but I haven’t heard much about the quality or any recommendations to buy a Story&Clark piano anymore. I’d like to try both pianos in the listings but I’m sure both are overpriced.

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In that video that Suzy posted, that low D doesn't return well.... -_-

j&j, I'm sure you're right re the price. Who knows how much they eventually sell for.


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
In that video that Suzy posted, that low D doesn't return well.... -_-

j&j, I'm sure you're right re the price. Who knows how much they eventually sell for.


There were about 150 made. Based on rarity alone, I’m sure they will sell for more than I can ever afford


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In that video that Suzy posted, that low D doesn't return well.... -_-

j&j, I'm sure you're right re the price. Who knows how much they eventually sell for.


There were about 150 made. Based on rarity alone, I’m sure they will sell for more than I can ever afford

https://paulhahn.com/inventory/story-clark-storytone-upright/

Only 500 made. Who knows how many left, let alone in this great a shape.

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This source has 150 made. Wikimedia

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