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  • 1.  Piano name

    Posted 05-08-2019 20:47
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    Can anyone help me with some info on this make of piano, especially the maker's name in English .

    Rex Roseman
    Akron OH

  • 2.  RE: Piano name

    Posted 05-08-2019 21:08
    The English translation is Red October. The phrase is apparently used for many products including chocolate. Sean Connery starred in a movie titled Red October. Here's some info on the Red October piano:

    FACTORIES OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. The musical instruments industry sprang up in St. Petersburg in the early 18th century and there were as many as 17 factories of musical instruments in the early 20th century. It was the manufacture of grand pianos and pianofortes that became the most developed industry. The Brothers R. Diderichs and A. Diderichs Factory was the first Russian piano factory opened in 1810. K. M. Schroeder Factory was founded in 1818 to become one of the largest factories in the industry afterwards along with Y. Becker Factory opened in 1841. F. Muelbach Factory was opened in 1856. There were a total of 8 factories that manufactured keyboard instruments, their products were known for their high quality, received awards at various exhibitions, and were praised by performers. The wind and string instruments were manufactured by Y. G. Zimmerman Factory opened in 1883. All these enterprises were nationalized in 1918, shut down during the Civil War, and then resumed their work in the early 1920s. Y. Becker Factory was renamed Krasny Oktyabr in 1927 and back into Y. Becker in 1991; it is situated at 77 Eighth Line, Vasilyevsky Island and manufactures pianos and grand pianos including baby grand pianos and concert grand pianos. The K. M. Schroeder Factory, called Lunacharsky Factory from 1922 and Arfa from 1991, is situated at 15 Chapaeva Street, manufactured plucking folk instruments, such as balalaikas, mandolins, domras, and guitars from 1925. The factory started making harps in 1948 becoming the only harp manufacturer in Russia. The Y. G. Zimmerman Factory was transformed into the winds instrument factory (28 Bely Kuna Street) and resumed the manufacture of the winds such as trumpets, flutes, French horns, bassoons, and oboes and percussion instruments in 1923. The former F. Muelbach Factory called Krasny Partizan from 1933 and Ilmera from 1991 (7 Sixth Krasnoarmeiskaya Street) organised manufacture of reeds such as harmonicas, bayans, and later accordions and became a specialised accordion manufacturer in 1957. All these factories were transformed into joint-stock companies in 1991.

    Source: Saint Petersburg Encyclopaedia website:  http://www.encspb.ru/object/2804001301?lc=en

  • 3.  RE: Piano name

    Posted 05-09-2019 09:40
    Thank you for the information, especially Richard. The piano seems to be a nice instrument. It reminds me of the better Petroff uprights. My guess is that it was brought from Russia by the owners.

    Thanks again for the help.

  • 4.  RE: Piano name

    Posted 05-08-2019 21:16
    Also, Red October is another name for the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia according Wikipedia. The phrase also has other references.

  • 5.  RE: Piano name

    Posted 05-08-2019 22:05
    Hunt for the Red October by Tom Clancy is pretty a good read, too. Apparently the name Red October was a somewhat common designation of value within the Soviet Union, including for nuclear submarines.  😉

    Benjamin Sanchez
    Professional Piano Services

  • 6.  RE: Piano name

    Posted 05-08-2019 23:13
    Bolshevicks took power in Russia October 25 1917.. This day called day of  Great October  Socialist Revolution or for short Red October. It was common to named places, factories, streets, ships,, persons by Red October in memory of revolution and for showing of greatness and significance.Not so good Piano I believe?

    Alexander Brusilovsky

  • 7.  RE: Piano name

    Posted 05-08-2019 22:59
    Red October. Piano factory in Leningrad, Soviet Union. Currently Becker, St Petersburg, Russia

    Alexander Brusilovsky