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Re: Manufacturing Date on a Piano
By Michael Concordia

Hi Jon, I read your advice on the '20 cent' tuner and couldn't agree more; I have brought a few 60 year old-plus players up to standard pitch without breaking any strings. It just takes patience and two to three tunings to get it there. As for the manufacturing date of a piano, do you know of any other source besides the Piano Atlas? I have a player that was made by Chas. T. Orth, S/N 136966. I suspect that this was not a big manufacturer since the name is only painted on the surface of the plate rather than cast-in. Also painted on are "Milwaukee - New York" and "New Scale". I have looked this one up in the Atlas and only the name Charles T. Orth appears with no further information. Do you know why this might be? One other clue: At the bottom left corner of the plate are some numbers cast-in; one group looks suspiciously like a date: 1 08 19. This seems to fit the look of the piano which has a quarter sawn red oak finish (the wood looks 'striped').

(Message sent Mon 4 Nov 1996, 03:08:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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