T. G. Payne piano.

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T. G. Payne piano.

Post by mazza » 02 Dec 2003, 23:52

I have a T. G. Payne piano, and I can't seem to find out much about it... It is an upright piano, no candlestick holders and when one opens the top lid, the strings are visable in a 'v' shape formation pointing down. It does have some kind of trade mark which consists of a large triangle situated in the 'v' of the strings. On the border of the triangle are "t.g. payne" "established" and "mdcccxci". Then in the centre of the triangle it has a smaller triangle depicting a tree which holds what seems to be a sphere with some of the signs of the Zodiac accross it and in small print "trademark" above it.

It also has t.g. payne in brass under the music fold-down stand. And again in iron plate under the lid next to the strings.

Whew. I think that's everything, except, oh yes, it is encased in walnut veneer.

Can you tell me anything about the date of this piano, or it's history, or even (she asks timidly) the worth? Or if there are any websites on these pianos, that would be fantastic.

Thanks very much for your time.
Maz.

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Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Dec 2003, 13:29

This particular Payne, T.& G. Payne, was established in London, 1892. Circa 1906, They became a limited company. By the thirties, they had moved to Kentish Town.
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Post by mazza » 06 Dec 2003, 03:46

Right, ok. In that case, would you have an idea how to work out at which point T.G.Payne built my Piano?
(Thanks for your help so far!)

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Post by Bill Kibby » 08 Dec 2003, 11:51

Type pianohistory.info in the address bar, and you'll find my website. Press ALL the buttons, especially datemarks, and these may help. If you send photos, these will also help, but there is no guarantee of finding a precise date.
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Post by Barrie Heaton » 08 Dec 2003, 17:22

The best way it is click on the www at the bottom of your sig the one with the little house :lol:
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Post by Bill Kibby » 09 Dec 2003, 11:47

Yes, but unfortunately, being more into pianos than computers, there is so much unnecessary junk on the screen most of the time, I don't know what half of it is, and life forunately provides more exciting challenges than pressing every button on every website to see what it does! Explanations, when they are even offered, don't make much of an attempt at plain english, and use terms (like emoticons) that most people have never heard of, or vandalise existing words (like avatar) and turn them into somthing completely different.
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Post by Barrie Heaton » 09 Dec 2003, 12:48

Blame the Yanks for the mucking up of English, because you use the internet you can now tell folk that you speak three languages English, American and Australian :twisted:
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Re: T. G. Payne piano.

Post by bltonwry » 30 Nov 2019, 21:05

I just tuned T.G. Payne upright #23316 in Coventry: 1) very beautiful art deco case (I know, usually one so beautiful turns out to have old rubbish inside) and perfect ivories; 2) all the design features of a modern Yamaha upright including massive frame (plate), cross stringing, proper dampers, metal action standards, barrel capstans. In short, a rare 100-yr-old brit piano with proper Yankee design. It came up from A 432 with just one broken treble string. It's a great piano, possibly too good to survive in the cutthroat piano environment of its day. And worth about 50p in today's.

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