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Looking for approximate year of manufacture

  • 1.  Looking for approximate year of manufacture

    Posted 26 days ago
    Serviced a better than should be expected P. A. Stark piano the other day. Now living in the home of it's 3rd owner, but still in the same family as it was purchased new by her great aunt. Somewhere along the line it was refinished. Not a bad job, actually, but the serial number is gone. I found the manufacturing number all over the place, but no serial number remains. Here is a pic of the piano. I'm hoping someone here can provide an estimate of it's manufacture date based on style. I'm guessing early 1900's but that's only because I'm guessing the great aunt wasn't older than that.

    Undated P A Stark

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    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA
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  • 2.  RE: Looking for approximate year of manufacture

    Posted 26 days ago
    Edited by Jon Page 26 days ago
    My guess is 1930's. What the shade of the wooden parts in the action.

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    Regards,

    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@pianocapecod.com
    http://www.pianocapecod.com


  • 3.  RE: Looking for approximate year of manufacture

    Posted 26 days ago
    They were, more or less, dirty-from-years-of-dust colored. There was nothing special about the action. Looked like most. Probably all original parts, all in acceptable condition. Hammers need reshaping and it needs some lubrication and regulation. Original ivories, with rounded corners. Don't remember if they were one or two piece.

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    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA
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  • 4.  RE: Looking for approximate year of manufacture

    Posted 26 days ago
    Hi Geoff,

    Two questions. 1. Do you have a picture of the keyboard? I'd like to see the condition of the ivories.

    2. Does the action have string loops in the back of the jacks that the jack springs attach to? Or is it the standard butterfly jack/ rep lever spring?

    Thanks,

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    Benjamin Sanchez
    Professional Piano Services
    (805)315-8050
    www.professional-piano-services.com
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