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Kieselhorst Department Store of St. Louis MO
By D. L. Bullock

Well, welcome to MMD, Mr. Kieselhorst.  I, too, would like to know
more about Kieselhorst Dept Store.  I have several Kieselhorst pianos
I found right here in St. Louis.  I also have seen many piano rolls
with your name on them.  I have had numerous long-time St. Louisans
tell me about Kieselhorst Department Stores here.

It seems that Edwin Kieselhorst did not actually make the pianos.
I have one player, a Price and Teeple, with the Kieselhorst name on it.
I have one silent upright in my front window I recently found.  It has
a lovely art case and needs restoration, of course.  I have seen a
couple of other players that I remember were probably built by Schulz.

I would like to know if there is any documentation or memories of all
the various piano companies that actually built the pianos with the
Kieselhorst name on them.  This is a practice that is done today as
much, or more, than ever.  You may go to a piano company and contract
a number of pianos made with your name on them today for your store.
These are called "stencil" pianos.  If I had a list of actual
manufacturers, I could look up the serial numbers since there are
none in the Pierce "Piano Atlas" now.

I also have a perfectly restored Whitney (Kimball) player with a small
decal on it saying "Kieselhorst Dept. Store".

D.L. Bullock    St. Louis

(Message sent Tue 5 Aug 2003, 05:01:17 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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