I wonder if anybody on this forum could help me identify the maker of the baby grand I came across.
As far as I know it was made in Austria or Germany. Do not know when, and I am not sure it is not a Frankenstein piece assembled from several donors.
The keyboard part was made by Oscar Kohler BERLIN, but I don't know when, since I cannot find a serial number. The metal frame doesn't have maker's name, just "MODELL VIII" and a lira logo. Thanks,
explains that many grands of the 1900s are so similar, it is difficult to date them by appearance. When you pulled the action out, did you look on the top edge for Kohler's number? This might date the piano, but perhaps someone would recognise the logo on the iron frame. Who spells "Model" with a double l? Perhaps Germany, Norway or Sweden?
Email via my website.
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, they should refer to pianohistory.info
Thank you very much for your reply.
This piano is in located in Beograd, Serbia, and it looks like it had, like the rest of the region, a complicated history.
I looked when I took the pictures, but there is no serial number on the action.
It was obvious to me there were some rather crude interventions over time, but nothing that would help me identify it.
For example - the keyboard lid is form very old Wendl & Lung, but it was adjusted to fit this piano.
I will take a photo of the whole piano in a couple of weeks, when I go next to Beograd, but I do not remember anything that would help us identify the maker.
My only hope was that somebody would recognise the unique shape of the metal frame and the logo.
Maybe somebody still will!