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I have a  Davenport Treacy baby grand with serial number 55123.  Can you tell me anything about it, including manufacture date?  Also I'm moving from Ne to Co where it will be much dryer.  Suggestions about that issue?

Thanks!

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Hi Jeanie:

The company was started in New York in 1873. It was taken over in 1916 by Kohler and Campbell.

Your piano was made in 1910.

You can preserve what the years have left by having a registered technician install a piano life saver humidity control system.

First, go to http://www.ptg.org to plug in your new zip code and find a list of registered technicians in that area.

Then go to http://www.pianolifesaver.com to cross reference names you found on the PTG site with qualified installers of the humidity system.

If you find a technician whom doesn't believe in these systems...keep looking for a registered tech until you do find one who gets it.

I would take the following schedule to get the piano in shape after the move:

1. Have it tuned.
2. Install the system.
3. Wait a couple of weeks then have it tuned again.

Also, furniture movers are killers of pianos, I don't care what they say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. You many want to look into Modern Piano Movers!

Let me know how you do!

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