Kemble Baby Grand

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BiLo

Kemble Baby Grand

Post by BiLo » 14 Dec 2018, 13:12

Hi,
my Name is Maria and I'm from Germany. I'm very glad I've found this Forum and hope you can help me.
I've the possibility to buy a Kemble Baby Grand but I don't find any Information about. Perhaps, someone of you knows it by seeing the photos, I'll try to upload.
And please excuse my english. It isn't very good.
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Re: Kemble Baby Grand

Post by chrisw » 14 Dec 2018, 20:00

Hello Maria,

You will find a short history of the Kemble factory here

http://kemble-pianos.com/en/history/

I have a Kemble upright piano and like it very much, they were very good English pianos. However if you wish to purchase the piano in the picture I would suggest you have it tested by a qualified piano technician. If you know its serial number the age can be found by searching the internet for "Kemble serial numbers".

BiLo

Re: Kemble Baby Grand

Post by BiLo » 15 Dec 2018, 08:34

Thank you chrisw for your answer. I've also seen the page but unfortunately I can't find a serial Nummer.

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Re: Kemble Baby Grand

Post by Bill Kibby » 15 Dec 2018, 18:10

Your English is better than some English people's! These cabriole legs were very popular in the fifties, but it is almost impossible to date most grands of the 1900s by their appearance. You could try crawling underneath to look for a number, but check that there is absolutely no movement in the leg joints first. Any removable parts such as the music desk may have a number imprinted, but it is often only the last 3 digits of the main number. If you are lucky enough to find a Kemble serial number preceded by a letter K on the soundboard, behind the strings, have a look at the dates near the bottom of the page at
http://www.pianohistory.info/numbers.html

You might find other clues on that page.
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