Another Eavestaff piano

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Another Eavestaff piano

Post by cereal » 15 Nov 2016, 20:34

I recently came across an Eavestaff pianette which I haven't seen before, wondering if anyone else has?

I used to own a black and chrome one with all the trimmings, but it was never tuned to concert pitch. This one is in remarkably good condition, perhaps rarely played. Serial number is just 2020. Its in an oak case, with the tuning at the front, 2 strings per note
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Re: Another Eavestaff piano

Post by Colin Nicholson » 16 Nov 2016, 12:37

These mini pianos were popular in the 1930s with the mechanism at the back, and I think every piano tuner/technician on this forum will have tuned one in their career.... and probably "well remembered"
Some still can be tuned today, but many cannot be tuned easily - and come with risks.
I restored one about 12 years ago and sold it on. This one having chrome electric fluted sconces.

Recently, because of the risks with this design of piano, I added a report page to my website warning any potential buyers of the risks involved - mainly to do with the wrest plank arrangement and "ker plunk" style tuning pins.
Feel free to have a read >>

http://www.aatuners.com/eavestaff-mini- ... blems.html
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Re: Another Eavestaff piano

Post by cereal » 16 Nov 2016, 21:36

Thanks Colin, I've already read that!

Now just have to find a willing tuner in East London...

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Re: Another Eavestaff piano

Post by Colin Nicholson » 17 Nov 2016, 00:56

On your first photo - (tuning pins & serial number), I noticed some white chalk or white paint on the end of the first tuning pin? (or it may just be a reflection of the flash light) .... are there any more like this with white marks on, and how many?
If so, let me know.

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