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I am wondering about the age, and the possible type of wood used in my upright. Kimball serial number 231083. I am wondering with a piano this size what its likely use was, since it is larger than many of the models sold for home use.

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Hello Eileen,  I have insufficient information to help you.  The serial number suggests the piano was built around 1911-12.  Beyond that, the wood used could be anything that the builders chose to use that day, what the dealer ordered, what the client ordered, what they had a lot of, etc.  Pianos were commonly made from oak, cherry, mahogany and walnut.  To complicate things, they would then place perhaps a mahogany stain on oak or a walnut stain on cherry to obtain the desired look.  An experienced woodworker should be able to help you with identifying the wood...and the stain.

As to the piano's intended purpose, it has been a widely understood fact that the longer the strings in a piano, the greater fundamental can be produced.  The shorter the strings, the greater the upper harmonics begin to over power the fundamental which is commonly described as "tinny" sounding.  If a prospective client had the money and the room, the larger the upright the better.  If a client was purchasing a piano for a ballroom and did not want the footprint of a horizontal concert grand, the obvious choice would be to purchase the largest upright they could to better fill the large room with sound.  

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics. If you need a piano's date of manufacture, please go to http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm or http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/pianoage.html I am happy to answer musical or technical questions, however, I CANNOT offer appraisals on pianos or organs. Please do not ask what an instrument is worth. For this service please contact an experienced local appraiser or try the following links: https://mmm1100.verio-web.com/blueb1/appraisal.html or http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm

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