D'Almaine piano

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D'Almaine piano

Post by sueely » 15 Sep 2012, 15:03

I own a D'Almaine piano that I acquired as a child in 1955/6. I would like to find out about the date of its manufacture and its history. It was sold by WH Barnes ltd of Oxford Street London. Inside the piano is the number 56118. There is also a plate inside it that says British Piano Actions Ltd London. And it does say actions not auctions.

I wondered if you could give me any information.

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Post by Bill Kibby » 15 Sep 2012, 16:21

The action is the working parts of the notes, these are usually made by specialist firms such as British Piano Actions Ltd., but it is not possible to date Barnes pianos by their numbers, because they were made by several different factories, and given different names. D'Almaine is a very old name, I have one made around 1846, illustrated at http://pianogen.org/victorian.html

In the 1900s, Barnes used the name. If this one was made by Bentley, it would be 1939. No history is available on individual Barnes pianos, so it is only by clues inside the piano that you can learn any more, but photos might help us to tell you a bit more.
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Re: D'Almaine piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 19 Oct 2012, 13:54

D'AlmaineSueEly (3).jpg
This is a piano made by a wholesaler such as Kemble, and given the old name D'Almaine, which is one of several that Barnes used. If it was by Kemble, then see
http://pianogen.org/numbers.html

Otherwise, look at
http://pianogen.org/datemarks.html
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Re: D'Almaine piano

Post by vcm » 14 May 2016, 00:28

Hi, do you have any idea how much a little D'Almaine like that would cost please?

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Post by Bill Kibby » 14 May 2016, 10:56

Somewhere between ten pounds and two thousand, depending on condition. Nobody anywhere can guess the value or condition of a piano without inspecting it on the spot, and tuning it, so your local tuner is the best person to ask.
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