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Winter piano
Winter piano  

Winter piano
Winter piano  
Hi Ralph! I always appreciate your prompt information on pianos. I have a new student looking at this piano to purchase. What can you tell me about it?

Winter & Company....serial # 296574

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Hi Karen:

Winter was a fairly large piano company and this piano was made in 1952 just before it was to become the Aeolian American Piano Company in Memphis and East Rochester NY.

This is a spinet...a misnomer. The real spinet was a piano that was desk like in appearance with the strings running horizontally with a short keyboard. It was an instrument of the 17th century.

Why any company would try to mimic that by dropping the action below the level of the back of the keys is beyond my comprehension. There are more parts in a spinet action than the console, it is hard to repair, plays much more easily due to the mechanical advantage of the extra parts and is at the bottom of the rung when it comes to quality.

If you look closely at your first photo you see where the keys stop and the action goes deep behind them. Imagine trying to get that action out of there to make a repair.

So to the value. Since I can't touch it from here, I can only tell you these Winter, drop action pianos, go on, and on, and on...unfortunately.

In really great shape, the upper end of worth is 900.00.

If the piano has mechanical issues...that drops considerably. They (spinets) all have acoustic issues from birth!

A console would always be a better choice.

I hope that helped!  

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

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The Piano Technicians Journal

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Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

Awards and Honors
Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

Past/Present Clients
The list is rather extensive. I would suggest you go http://onestipiano.com/pages/testimonials.html where there is a comprehensive list of clients past and present.

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