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by Bill Kibby
20 Jun 2003, 11:52
Forum: Piano History
Topic: G.Ehrbar Berlin piano
Replies: 5
Views: 7990

Ehrbar

Ignoring the Viennese firm, I used to tune an Ehbar (Berlin) piano, but was unable to find anything in my files, so although it was genuinely german, it may have been an alias. See Booklets\Aliases on the PianoGen website. The item there on Numbers may also help if the piano's action has a maker's n...
by Bill Kibby
20 Jun 2003, 11:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Murdoch, Murdoch & Co. piano
Replies: 9
Views: 12335

Murdoch

Hi! Valuation is impossible without on-the-spot inspection. You asked about the Murdoch firm: They were a huge retail firm which took over the Spencer piano factory at the end of the 19th century. By 1914, they were listed as J.G.Murdoch & Co. Ltd. but the 1915 July issue of The Connoisseur includes...
by Bill Kibby
19 Jun 2003, 10:10
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Attfield, London, Est.1799
Replies: 1
Views: 4228

Cary

Hi! I have nothing ready on computer about the name Attfield, London so far, and I doubt that they existed in 1799, but I'll see what I can find in card and paper files. Cary is on file, mainly in the early 1900s, and what happened sometimes is that firms would buy in pianos from a London wholesale ...
by Bill Kibby
19 Jun 2003, 10:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Chappell piano - 1929?
Replies: 1
Views: 3947

Hi! The number suggests that your piano was made in 1929, but it is not always that simple: See Booklets\Numbers at the PianoGen website.
by Bill Kibby
16 Jun 2003, 11:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Spencer piano 15094
Replies: 2
Views: 9116

Hi! I tuned a similar one the other day, with a number in the 14,000 range. The action was a late example of what is know as a Sticker Action, marked with the name of Brooks Ltd., although some Spencers of the period had better actions: Brooks became a limited company around 1891, so it is after tha...
by Bill Kibby
15 Jun 2003, 09:42
Forum: Piano History
Topic: T.G.Payne-London
Replies: 4
Views: 8267

Hi! T. & G. Payne were established in London in 1891, and became a limited company around 1906. They had various addresses in Fortress Road, and moved to nearby Kentish Town Road in the early thirties. Their serial numbers are not published, but I have some rough dates: I could compile a report base...
by Bill Kibby
11 Jun 2003, 16:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Brysson Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5625

Glad to help. If it came from Scotland, I wonder if it's the scottish Brysson? I'd be interested to know whether it has a double S.
by Bill Kibby
10 Jun 2003, 20:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Brysson Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5625

Hi! The name Bryson is listed on my PianoGen website: However, George only seems to have had one "S", so your search with two would not have picked it up. Pigot's Directory of London, 1822 lists George Bryson, Piano Forte maker, 30, Hackney Road. Dr Rosamund Harding “The Pianoforte” says George Brys...