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Turn-of-the-Century Pianos
By Rob Buckingham

Hi All,  Ed Chaban's comments got me thinking.  Just what was/is
the general perception of the turn-of-the-century Weber piano?
I have read in several different places that they were a major
competitor of Steinway's in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I have never owned a Steinway (although I certainly hope to one day)
but I do have a 1898 Weber upright and it is the most meticulously
built and well constructed piano I have ever seen.  The tone is also
wonderfully rich and sweet.

Just wanted to start this thread and see what came about it.  What
pianos do the members of MMD consider to be the best produced during
the heyday of the player era?

Rob Buckingham
Pittsburgh, PA

 [ I've played two Weber vertical pianos of vintage 1912, and I love
 [ the sound!  In that era (before WW1) the price of the fine upright
 [ pianos made by craftsman in Boston, Mass., was often twice the
 [ price of a small grand piano.  Personally, a good pre-war Boston
 [ vertical piano sounds better to me than any grand piano of less
 [ than "parlor grand" size!  -- Robbie

(Message sent Mon 1 Jul 2002, 02:07:09 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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