Bentley 'Superb' piano

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Bentley 'Superb' piano

Post by pini » 29 Sep 2009, 01:36

Hi, I have a Bentley Superb piano trade mark number 571097. I need to know the value and year of manufacturing.

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Post by Bill Kibby » 29 Sep 2009, 19:08

I don't have any dates of Bentley numbers that late, but I'll see what I can find. Nobody anywhere will give you a valid valuation on a piano without on-the-spot inspection by a tuner. See also

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Post by PianoGuy » 01 Oct 2009, 07:19

pini wrote:Hi, I have a Bentley Superb piano trade mark number 571097. I need to know the value and year of manufacturing.

Thank you very much
To the best of my knowledge that Bentley model name was used for export only and most went to Scandinavia. If you're feeling brave, take off the top door ( there are two clips just inside the top of the piano) and gently ease the lowest key out. The exact date it left the factory will be written in pencil on the side of the key.
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Post by Bill Kibby » 01 Oct 2009, 10:26

Do you actually know for a fact that is the date it left the factory? I understand it to be the date the keys were completed, in the action makers' factory. The whole concept of obtaining a precise date for a piano is flawed, and there are various pitfalls, not least of which is that fact that the manufacturing process from components to completion can be so long. The following scenario is an illustration of the kind of problems which can often occur when attempting to place a single date on a piano:

1900 The iron frame is designed, ordered in bulk, and cast with a datemark.
1902 A patent is applied for.
1904 The action is manufactured, and stamped with a number.
1905 The keys are completed, and dated on a label.
1906 The piano is completed, and stamped with a number.
1908 The piano reaches the retailer.
1911 The piano is sold.

What is the date of this piano?
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Post by PianoGuy » 01 Oct 2009, 21:45

Bill Kibby wrote:Do you actually know for a fact that is the date it left the factory? I understand it to be the date the keys were completed, in the action makers' factory.
Yes, but only with Bentleys. The tuner dated them as he signed them off.

In the case of this Bentley, the keys would have been made in-house along with the Richard-Harley action.
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Re: Bentley 'Superb' piano

Post by pini » 04 Oct 2009, 00:21

hi!!!!

First of all thank you to everyone who treated my question.
i'm from israel And I inherited this piano, I just want to know is it worth to keep him.
I do not know if these pianos are good or not, and I want to know what price range of these pianos are sold.

thank you

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Re: Bentley 'Superb' piano

Post by Bill Kibby » 04 Oct 2009, 09:40

Even if we could tell you without seeing it what it is worth in England, that wouldn't help in Israel.
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