In July 2013 Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, sold the
collection of the late Ray Siou. When Clars listed the upcoming
auction, I registered online and stuck in a practice bid of $100 on
this piano to see if my bidding worked. To my surprise, I received a
"congratulations" email from Clars on the following Sunday afternoon.
Initial cost was $100, plus $33 for markup and tax. I then had a
moral/economic choice. I could have had the piano junked for $150 or
moved here for $315. I have room here and took the high ground. The
move cost $315, as they had to bring a third man to get it down my
outside basement-entrance stairs.
The Weber is on its legs in my dry basement here in Alameda (San
Francisco Bay Area). It is 5'11" long and is missing its music rack
and a small block of wood to let the pedal harp be mounted. The harp
and pedals are with it. The original keys are in very nice shape. How
do I tell if they are ivory? My notes show its serial number is 77640,
which puts it in 1923. The Duo-Art system seems complete.
I have a 1929 Steinway XR in an Italian-Lombardy art case that has the
same motor and pump as the Weber. Therefore I was saving the Weber for
spare Duo-Art parts. The price of $250 or best offer ad that I put in
MMD in 2013 was as it sat at Clars in Oakland. My cost basis after the
move is close to $500. The Holtzer Cabot ST-16 frame motor in the
Weber is identical to the one in the Steinway, except the serial number
is likely six years earlier.
Today I'm asking $500 for the Weber with motor or $350 without the
motor. Or best offer. Otherwise I'll strip off the Duo-Art parts
(except the stack) and junk the piano.
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