Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Getts Cabinet Grand Piano

Advertisement


Question
I have a Getts Cabinet Grand Piano and cannot find information on it anywhere. Is there any way of figuring out an estimate of when it was made? All I know is that it was made in chicago.

Answer
Hi Jenna,

Getts was a retail music store in Chicago and like other retailers like Sears, A&S, Wannamakers, etc., had "stencil" pianos made by piano makers. We see some of this even today as Steinway's Boston brand is made by Kawai in Japan.

It's very difficult to get information about stencil pianos since the store and actual maker may have been out of business for so long. Your best bet is to have a technician examine your piano and see if there are clues within it. The date of manufacture may have been penciled in by a factory technician within different parts of the instrument.

If you need a referral, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

Sam Noel

Piano, Organ, and Keyboard

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Samuel Noel

Expertise

I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.

Experience

I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

Organizations
The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Education/Credentials
Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.