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I recently inherited a Mehlin & Sons Upright piano. Based on what I can find from the serial number (55604) it was made in 1953, but that's about it. Where would I be able to acquire more information on it? Also there is a small logo inside near the hammer of an elephant that says "Pratt. Read & co incorporated" what does that mean?

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Hi Nick:

Mehlin had a long history starting in New York and went to various changes.

However, history tells us that your piano was more than likely made in East Rochester, New York by the American Aeolian Piano Company which acquired the name and the rights.

Your piano was indeed made in 1953.

Pratt Read was the action manufacturer. The action is that assembly of hammers, whippens, and dampers. Pratt Read made most of the actions for various manufacturers. The Elephant was their logo and the symbol that represented the ivory used on the keys back then.

I hoped that helped!

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