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FS: Weber 5'11" Grand Duo-Art
By Jerry Wagner

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.

Jerry Wagner
Alameda, California

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