I was wondering if there was any info on my piano. It has the name "H Clemens" that has been inlaid in brass. It is overstrung and underdamped. 85 keys. The action was made by "J.Keller & Co" Stuttgart, serial number 85452. I have found two numbers. The first is on the inside left panel "3081" and the second is on the right, just under where the lid lifts up "101862". There are no name or numbers on the frame.Also hand written in pencil along the side of the first key is "Finished by Dolmert brothers,piano makers,Dresden".
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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- Colin Nicholson
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I may be wrong here, but the piano looks straight-strung/ oblique strung at first glance? A photo of the internal mechanism would confirm this (with front panel removed).
Any fool can make a piano-- it needs a tuner to put the music in it
Is there anything else that can be derived from the extra photo's. The reason I ask is I am going to do a process to it that would probably make purists cringe. I am about to vinyl wrap the piano. It is a process normally used in the car trade instead of a respray. I just want to make sure that I don't have a rarity or major make. If it is just a basic piano then I have nothing to lose as I don't know for sure if this process will work. I have chose a carbon fibre look effect that when finished would look fantastic as it would contrast Hi-Tech with original Edwardian elegance and craftsmanship. If I can do this process I will be posting the finished photo's for all to see.
The preloved pianos website offers an amusing list showing what they would pay for pianos, basically reducing from £300 if it is late 1900s, down to little or nothing before 1920. My own personal taste would turn that upside down and pay progressively more for anything pre-1900! At least we seem to agree that ordinary run-of-the-mill pianos made around a century ago have very little value here in Britain.