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In general, the name of a piano does not tell us how old it is, but if you are able to post photos of the whole piano here, or email them to me to post, this may tell us more.
My earliest general list of Leeds piano firms is 1886, and Walker is not on it. He is there in 1894, and 1899, but gone by 1911, so the piano would probably have been made between 1887 and 1910.
For more clues, have a look at my Edwardian page at
I am considering buying an old Rubinstein Prague upright piano. I have attached some photos. It appears quite old and is in need of repairs to at least 8 keys and one of the pedals. It otherwise seems basically sound, no evidence of rodent or insect or water damage.
I can find almost no information about it anywhere but for this item on your forum. Can you tell me anything about this piano?
I am trying to work out if it would be worthwhile spending much on getting it moved and back into playing order?
Many thanks in anticipation.
There is useful general information about upright pianos at
The most important factor deciding the value of an old piano is not its name, but its condition, and the most important aspect of that is whether it holds in tune, because if it doesn't, repairs can cost over a thousand pounds, and this is usually more than an old piano is worth. Nobody anywhere can guess the value or condition of a piano without inspecting it on the spot, and checking whether it will hold in tune. Piano dealers don't usually deal in antiques, and antiques dealers don't know much about pianos, so your local tuner is the best person to ask.
and I would guess it was made around 1898.
Can you help me to find the Piano Age Year of manufacturing?
explains that dating pianos purely on the basis of numbers is not always as simple as it seems. Published dates of numbers are often wrong or misleading, and I don't think any are available for Westphal anyway. If you can post photos here to show what the whole piano looks like, or email them to me to post, I may be able to estimate the date, but have a look at my Edwardian page for clues.
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