Reisbach by Rogers & Sons for Grotrian-Steinweg

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Reisbach by Rogers & Sons for Grotrian-Steinweg

Post by pandapone » 22 Nov 2016, 17:34

Rogers made cheaper grand pianos for Grotrian Steinweg to sell in their London showroom (between about 1900 and 1930) alongside their own Brunswick manufactured instruments. They labeled them "Reisbach". I have a Reisbach baby grand with the serial number 2662 on the frame and A11491 on a label inside with the word Reisbach written in pen. Can anybody suggest roughly when it was manufactured?

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Re: Rogers and Sons for Grotrian-Steinweg "Reisbach"

Post by Bill Kibby » 23 Nov 2016, 09:35

The majority of pianos cannot be reliably dated by their serial numbers, as explained at
http://www.pianohistory.info/numbers.html
That page includes some Rogers numbers near the bottom of the page, but they don't help. I'm not sure that Grotrian Steinweg were involved in any way other than retailing them, and plenty of Reisbach pianos were sold by other people. The number preceded by A is unlikely to be a serial number. The other number is too short for most serial numbers, and neither corresponds to sequences for Rogers or Grotrian, but a lower number might indicate a new sequence for these, in which case I have no dates.

I have tuned a few Reisbach pianos by Rogers, but I believe they used the same number sequence as the other Rogers pianos, so I just ignored the name on the front. Perhaps your piano has a longer number hidden away somewhere. The last 3 digits of this may be imprinted on removable wooden parts such as the music desk.

The best hope is that the action (the working parts of the notes) may be marked with the action makers’ name and number, and we may be able to date this. (If it's a Herrburger Brooks action, we can only say it is after 1919.) However, removing the action can be risky in an old piano, and you may need your tuner’s help.
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Re: Reisbach by Rogers & Sons for Grotrian-Steinweg

Post by pandapone » 24 Nov 2016, 02:24

Thanks Bill. The action is to be restored soon so I will ask the restorer to report back to me!

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Re: Reisbach by Rogers & Sons for Grotrian-Steinweg

Post by pandapone » 19 Dec 2016, 19:08

The action of my Reisbach has been examined and written on the lever bar in copperplate pencil writing is "Grotrian 554" - the 4 is a German numeral 4. Does this help at all?

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