Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/chickering piano

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I have a chickering and sons piano Serial # 56335 and I want to refinish it. I bought it for $10 at an auction and would like to see an original picture of it.  Could you tell me where to find one?

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CHICKERING & SONS

1823-100    
1850-10000  
1905-105000

The above information is from bluebookofpianos.com

You can see that your piano was built in the second half of the 19th century.  You have a significant example from the history of American piano manufacturing.

Please post pictures of the piano, the case, the keys, the inner workings (action).  You need to indicate whether it is a square, an upright, a grand.

My personal e-mail: dr.robertseeley@yahoo.com, or you can re-post the pictures at this website.

There are web site tutorials where you can learn to recondition your instrument to a playable condition and decorative appearance.

$10.00 for a vintage Chickering--WOW.

rjs

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Robert James Seeley

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I enjoy historical research at the site: mbsi.org for articles in the Music Trade Review, 1880 forward, supplemented by other on-line searches.

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After several months of research, I have compiled a multi-chapter history of the Adam Schaaf piano ( mine is No. 58,265) back to the 1860s. In the last week I have compiled a 6-page brochure for the owner of a Compton-Price/Boston Piano Co. upright (No.13,630). I can provide samples of my desk-top publishing skills from these documents, and I would like to share them in entirety with anyone interested. The visual impact of research is important. I am passionate about giving these surviving, obscure instruments the respect they deserve, as well as the people who made them. My piano technician encourages me to submit them to the Piano Technicians Guild in Kansas City.

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DMA, Doctorate in Musical Arts, 1980, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; MM, 1969; BM, 1967; both from North Texas State University. I have spent the first full year of my retirement from 44 years of college teaching (Music, English, German) on these and other on-line research projects.

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