1850 B. Squire & Sons

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1850 B. Squire & Sons

Post by Mano76 » 02 Apr 2016, 12:45

Good morning,
I found this upright piano here in Switzerland,it's an 1850 Squire and Sons piano and in 2012 restored.
The price it's about 330 GBP and I would buy it for my daughter.
I find the price low but I need some help to know if this piano is worth for a learning child.
Thank you.
Regards,
Manuel

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Re: 1850 B. Squire & Sons

Post by Bill Kibby » 02 Apr 2016, 14:02

My first question is about the date, what makes you think it is that early? Squire & Sons were established in 1829, but I have found no evidence that they were actually using the "& Sons" name until the 1870s. The photo shown at that link is more like 1914.
1872~Squire9u (8).jpg
Here is a Squire & Sons piano of about 1872. For other examples of Victorian pianos, have a look at
http://www.pianohistory.info/victorian.html

For pianos more like the one you are considering, see
http://www.pianohistory.info/edwardian.html

It is not possible to restore an antique piano properly for 330 pounds, so it is safe to assume that it has not been fully restored, and the biggest question is whether the tuning pins are tight enough to hold in tune.

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.
Piano History Centre
http://pianohistory.info
Email bill@pianohistory.info
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, alter these to pianohistory.info

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Re: 1850 B. Squire & Sons

Post by Mano76 » 02 Apr 2016, 14:19

Thank you and have a nice day.
Regards,
Manuel

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