1829- Friedrich Ehrbar's parents and sister died when he was 2 years old from a cholera epidemic.
1841-As an orphan his natural talent for music and mechanical ability caught the attention of organ builder Frederici.
1848- After serving a seven year apprenticeship, he then decides to move to Vienna, then the leading capital of piano making. While Ehrbar was in Vienna he meets Henry Steinway, forming a lasting friendship. He secures employment with Eduard Seuffert.
1854- Sueffert was so impressed with Ehrbar, that he gave him the task of building six pianos for the 1855 Munich Exposition. All six pianos sold and Ehrbar even received a gold medal.
1855- Seuffert dies. Ehrbar marries his widow Rosa, and acquires the business 2 years later in 1857.
1862- First prize in London
1867- First prize in Paris
1873- The Emperor of Austria awarded Ehrbar the title of "Purveyor of the Court". Ehrbar was also one of the first Vienna makers to use a full Iron frame in all of his pianos.
1877- The Concert Hall Palais Ehrbar is built.
1898- Ehrbar retires, hands the business over to his son Frederich Benedict Ernst Ehrbar (jr.).
1905- Ehrbar dies in his country home at 78 years old.-chris#caveman
If it all played somewhat I might deed 40 minutes to see what gives. Rusty old strings sometimes do fine carefully tapped and treated with corrosion inhibitor. Snug plate and bridge screws if any and attempt pitch raise. Throw away? Boo hoo sad if true.