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Most of our vintage ephemera collection doesn’t show upright pianos until the 1870s, although upright pianos were built on a limited scale all through the early and middle 19 century approached, makers began shifting their production from the square grand piano to the upright piano, as the public’s tastes were beginning to change and homes were becoming smaller and less suited for large square grand pianos.
In the 1880s and 1890s, upright piano production increased substantially and by the last decade of the 19 century, the square grand piano that had dominated the market for the past century had all but vanished.
By 1910, all major manufacturers had at least one line of player pianos. In the years before the phonograph and radio, the player piano was the only means of musical entertainment for the public at large.
They were as common in the household then as our big screen television is today!
Printed on the frame on the top right above the treble strings. Bösendorfer and Chappell often have the number here. Various models of grand have the serial number printed below the logo (decal) of the piano. Some Bösendorfers have the serial number on the left hand side of the soundboard. Next to the tuning pins, just bellow the music desk on either the right or left hand side. On Bechstein and some Steinway grand pianos, the number underneath the piano is not the serial number.
Traditional moving services, or self-service movers, will help you in loading and unloading your items on each end of the move but they will not assist in packing or set-up.These mid-19 entury grand pianos were rarely less than six feet long, and were usually very massive and striking in appearance.Like square grands, they were ususally made of exotic rosewood or mahogany and were beautifully carved.A handful of manufactures attempted to build pianos in the Craftsman/Mission style, but because the Movement was so short-lived, most of them didn’t see the significance of the Arts & Crafts Movement until it was too late; the Arts & Crafts Movement was over before 1920.Sadly, very few manufacturers ever offered Craftsman style pianos, and as a result, original specimens are exceedingly rare today.