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Posted By: TimM_980 Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/11/21 03:46 PM
This piano had two extra set of strings at the top. C#8 D8. I’ve never seen that before. Sohmer 1904. No action parts for those notes and no evidence action parts were ever there for those notes. Is this a mistake or did it have a purpose? Action was not shifted.

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Posted By: BDB Re: Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/11/21 04:34 PM
If they were not for transposition, then they might have been there:

To provide loading at the top of the bridge.

Because some manic piano designer got carried away!
Posted By: P W Grey Re: Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/11/21 04:59 PM
Most interesting! Perhaps only Hugo Sohmer could answer that one.

MY GUESS would be that they started on a design with these extra notes, cast some plates and made few, but abandoned it as not worth the trouble. Instead of throwing them in the scrap heap they simply put a regular action in and sold them that way. No consumer would care as long as it sounded good.

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Posted By: Gene Nelson Re: Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/11/21 05:20 PM
Or possibly Sohmer designed the case to be wider for some reason and simply put bridge pins and strings on the otherwise blank end of a bridge that would otherwise expose a big gap if the bridge were shorter?? All aesthetic??
A wider case would allow a little more soundboard area up there and possibly longer ribs.
Posted By: P W Grey Re: Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/11/21 11:03 PM
How does the piano sound?

Peter Grey Piano Doctor
Posted By: Fabrizio Loi Re: Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/19/21 06:58 PM
I read that Irving Berlin owned several Sohmer grands tuned in different keys for easiest transpositions.
Maybe this one was originally set for mounting a transposed action.
Posted By: P W Grey Re: Extra notes on old Sohmer - 04/20/21 02:01 AM
That is a strong possibility. 👍

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