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Can anyone help in identifying the piano, where it was manufactured in Germany and where i might find some history? A sea journey from Germany to Australia would have been quite a thing back then.
Thanks for the help to date.
Marks like this are commonly found on the keys, but not so often on the case. Martin would be one of the workers rather than the manufacturer, but it is quite possibly the date the piano was being made. Martin may have been an outworker producing the decorative panels, rather than an actual employee of the factory. Our 1911 list of German makers does not include Faust.
I just found this site (hence it's reemergence from the ashes of yesteryear) after being given and Carl Faust and Sons Piano. I was curious about its history - it looks solid, and possesses the heavy iron frame of something that must have been well built.
So far I have found this conversation, and the remnants of an old Gumtree ad (similar to Ebay) referencing these pianos. The Gumtree Ad also mentioned an importer - S Marshall and Sons.
So I googled that... and found that Samual Marshall was an organ maker, who wanted to sell instruments, including organs and pianos. However, he needed stock to start his business - so he made his own. This particular fact I found in our National Library. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/64251377. Only one major organ appears to have been associated with Marshall, and it was mostly replaced part by part (http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/sa.html and http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/PaynehamAng.html)
When I actually get possession of the piano, I will look at trying to identify the various parts for names and dates.
I have no record of the firm in 1928, I will see what else I can find, it has been a while since the name came up!
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