Cabinets usually tend to be above-average in terms of appearance, with some very ornate models. Forster, August, Lobau, Germany — Established 1859 Again, not a make we find frequently, but those we have restored are of a high quality, and are beautifully crafted. Upright pianos will sometimes sell as practice pianos for beginners or to homes where they will be used for family singalongs, but they are seldom rated as fine musical instruments. There are relatively few such instruments in circulation; some reckon for every one Bosendorfer made, there are 5 Bechsteins or 12 Steinways. Pianos often have numbers other than serial numbers, such as case and part numbers. Spencer ceased trading in 1942. Chappell, London — Established 1811 By 1900, Chappell had produced over 36,000 instruments, and in its heyday, produced over 1000 pianos each year.Next
The name Gors and Kallmann has now been bought by a firm from the Far East and we have not yet rated it. Very minor wear and tear and needs a tune but that is all. Sometimes the action piano keys will have a date of manufacture written on it. Gaveau pianos are beautifully crafted, many with Art cabinets. Originally established in 1877 in Berlin the Gors and Kallmann name has always been synonymous with large, traditionally styled upright pianos with a rich tonality and a characteristic deep, sonorous bass response, the kind of bass response you simply won''t find in a smaller console type piano, which is why they never made one - it just wouldn''t be a Gors and Kallmann.Next
The better instruments were made after 1900, and are well-liked. So splitting the difference I'd say 2000 - 2500 is probably a reasonable value here for one not in need of anything. Unless upright pianos are regularly and rigorously serviced, they tend to wear out and have a lifespan of around 60 to 70 years. Company taken over by Chappell. The action is beautifully designed, and we say to anyone with a Lipp, regard it as you would any famous name. Famous for building pianolas player pianos.Next
Cramer has not had the same reputation as the other top British makers, but we like the solid construction and excellent tone with a deep bass. This depends on your definition of 'good condition'. Gors and Kallmann Berlin Hof- Leiferanten Sr. Taken over by the Kemble Group in 1933. Mine was fully restored with felts and hammers and looks similar to yours without the wooden inlay. If you can't find your piano's serial number or if it doesn't have a serial number, ask your piano tuner or local piano dealer for help.Next
All feature slow close fall mechanism. This is mostly guesswork based on what I have seen. We have restored many such pianos over the years, and all have been superb results. This is often due to deterioration of some — if not all — of the major mechanical parts, such as the strings, tuning pins, action and perhaps even the soundboard. The modern-made pianos are not as exciting, being mass-produced, although take-over by Bechstein will inevitably result in higher quality.
Also made the Elysian uprights. So in view of that, your value is likely about 30-40% of a Steinway value? Windover, London Built by the British Piano Manufacturing Company. Challen built the 11ft 8in Grand, the largest in the world, in 1935. I am hoping to find out about my R Gors and Kallmann, Berlin upright Piano serial number 3661? Some modern pianos post 1990 made in the Far East also have the Gors and Kallmann name. It does not mean an actual emperor ever owned this particular piano, played it or gave it away. Zimmermann, Leipzig — Established 1884 A traditional maker who has survived the test of time, and are still made today.Next
Brinsmead, John, London — Established 1837 Regarded by many as possibly the best British piano maker, though this view was attributed to Broadwood after the turn of the century. Style of frame found in uprights very similar to that used by Grotrian Steinweg. Look for a serial number in the locations marked with Need Help? Lipp, Richard, Stuttgart — Established 1831 Pianos built by this fine company, in our view, rank as some of the finest ever made. As pianos they are not consistent in sound but in my experience very decent pianos. It is as yet incomplete; we are adding further details and photographs as and when they come to light. Gets our vote as one of the dark horse quality makes! I know it was given to my family by an emperor and would like to know its true history and value. The best uprights were made after the 1st World War, and have a full rich bright tone.
Tone and touch are excellent, if the cabinets are a little ordinary. Can anyone tell me the approximate value of this piano? Our opinion is that Windover are as good as any of the top British names, and are built with a German-style frame. The condition of the piano is very good. To put this piano into the hand of an actual Austro-Hungarian Emperor, indisputable, written proof would have to exist. I own a 1200 lb rated dolly that could handle the weight, but helpers I hire run away and unplug the phone after I rent the truck even when I'm going to move a 300 lb electronic organ.Next
The older uprights are said to be overdamped but have a good tone and are generally rated as good pianos. Erard merged with Gaveau in 1960, and they were themselves absorbed by Schimmel of Germany in 1971. S , Braunschweig — Established 1858 G. The company, which still exists, remains independent, building fine instruments to this day. Kaps, Ernst, Dresden — Established 1858 One of the lesser-known quality German makers, their instruments nevertheless possess a warm, rich tone, and are well-crafted. In 1938 a fire at the Squire Longson factory provided W. Best of luck in finding this a new home.Next