A rural neighbor has brought over his Marshall with 88-note Standard
action, transposing lever and "ears" tracking. It appears to be about
1920 and is quite original other than the walnut having been stripped
and varnished clear. Naturally it does not pump up a storm, but could
benefit from a complete restoration.
I noted that in 1997 Don Teach wrote "J. P. Seeburg founded the
Marshall piano company when he sold the coin piano co. in 1919. His
only son was named Marshall. He repurchased the coin piano co. a year
later. You would think that from this point on all pianos would then
be Marshall pianos." So, did they only make pianos for one year? Hmm.
I suggested to the neighbor that his piano was unlikely to sell for a
restored price, although he insisted that if you used the Electrolux
and pumped too, it did play...
Is it possible some one of you rabid Seeburg enthusiasts would like
to conserve this instrument and avoid it being wrapped in VisQueen and
placed in the equipment shed? Please reply directly to me, removing
"geentroep", of course.