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My first posting on this site. I recently acquired a "Vichand" 4'6" baby grand in mahogany with a Simples action. I tried to find information about these pianos, and although I found a couple of "Art Deco" uprights listed, could discover nothing else about them. Now that I have it in my hands, I have been able to look more closely. I used to be in the trade, so am not without some experience. I am now fairly certain that the "Vichand" piano is actually a label name for a Monington and Weston: same action, similar (surprisingly good) tone, double iron frame, similar scaling. I feel sure that Bill could confirm this - but it might help anyone else who comes across one.
It would make perfectly good sense. This "Vichand" is late 20s - early 30s, I would guess. It's the double iron frame that suggested M&W - I couldn't think of another baby grand that might be so equipped.
I must be a glutton for punishment: I also have a 1908 Steck player, about 54" tall and with a double iron frame. Now that IS a monster!!
All in all, this is clearly not a top-rank instrument, but it seems to be a very competent little baby grand. It rather puts me in mind of an excellent George Rogers 5' that I once owned - often under-rated, but actually a pleasure to play. I can live with a slightly tubby bass (although even this is not as bad as some pianos I have had) and I am looking forward to getting this one back to something of its former glory (which, given the history of label names, probably wasn't all that 'glorious' to begin with!).
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