For sale: I have a Steinway XR grand piano, from a one-owner home.
(The home changed hands, but the piano always sold with the house).
The owners insisted that the piano was "new" in 1936, but we know from
Steinway shipping records that it was built in 1930, and apparently
"stored" for some time.
It is _rare,_ with the very late upper action that has the electric
motor roll drive and tubing to each side of the keybed. The keybed
key slip is the standard keyslip, no opening nor controls. All the
controls are in the upper spool box. It also has a larger spool box,
designed for the late "long play" rolls that became available back then.
The pump is also "late", in that it is installed "upside down" with the
belt facing the soundboard. It has the standard expression box. The
pump runs very quietly, so much so that you don't even know that it is
on. The Duo-Art is basically original, and plays weakly.
The piano is in American walnut, with some crazing. It has also been
restrung in the past, and has perfect hammers, tight pins, and a
perfect ivory keyboard.
According to various Duo-Art friends, this piano is perhaps but one of
ten that were ever built. The convenience is that you can remove the
player action in less than 10 minutes, and then take out the piano action
just like a conventional piano -- no tubing between the keys.
Asking $10,500, or best offer.