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Rebecca Russcher wrote at 2012-09-18 05:38:07
I know a little about Charles Frederick Stein and his pianos, as I have a Stein grand.  During its lifetime, my piano has been serviced by technicians who either worked with Stein and/or were familiar with the history of the company and Stein himself.  Stein's reputation was highly regarded in the industry.  I agree with Mr. Onesti that the design (and color)does not match instruments made before the 1950's.  Stein pianos were manufactured until 1941, when WWII essentially suspended piano production in the U.S.  Afterward, Stein worked for Pratt Reed in Ivoryton, CT, designing scales and actions.  (Scale design refers to the complex ratio of string length, thickness, and tension; small pianos are especially difficult to design with evenness of tone.)  Lowery, their specialty being vertical pianos, began utilizing his scale design in the 1960's/70's.  Also, his name lent considerable prestige to their company.  These instruments were made in the Romeoville, IL area (or near this area), and in Grand Haven, MI, at the Story and Clark factory.

Celia wrote at 2012-11-18 14:07:00
I tuned a piano yesterday which looks identical to the one in the picture.  It says Charles Frederick Stein, with the serial no. of 62035.  It is a spinet with a drop action.  It does not seem possible that the piano is as old as 1941, let alone 1916.  It has plastic key tops.  It has phillips head screws.  1956 seems more plausible.  Did Nickie ever send you a picture of the action?  

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