Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Bennett bretz piano?


tch wrote at 2012-05-14 02:17:37
I have a Bennett Bretz Baltimore upright piano that was bought in 1920 by my Grandfather (the year my father was born). My Grandfather lived in Taylorsville, NC at the time and it remained in the same spot in their parlor until my Grandmother died in 1978. I've had it since then. It now needs tuning and some ivory key replacements and some keys stick.

The last man who tuned it died. He told me it was tuned to a 1/2 step below standard pitch. What can you tell me about my piano? I've lived in Brunswick, Ga. Since I got it. I haven't had the money to get it fixed. About how much should it cost?

isherwoodme wrote at 2015-01-14 16:48:28
Just to add my 2 pennies. If the piano was made between 1900-04, it would NOT say "Baltimore". The Bennett-Bretz company was located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Stief was in Baltimore and moved the brand there when he bought it. Apparently, after a brief search, there are a lot of people with these 6-digit serial pianos, one on the Baltimore Craigslist currently that brought me to search.

I can find no real answers either though one site says Stief discontinued production in 1942, another said 1951.

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