It's a family heirloom, belonging (presumably) to my great-great-father. His son (my great-grandfather) is the first one with confirmation of ownership, but given the family's status and history in the Boston area at the time, it makes sense that his parents (well-to-do shop owners) would have bought it new. Plus, my great-grandfather wasn't born when the piano was built. Or so we think.
|Our New England Piano Co. antique piano from 1890.|
|After the first round of cleaning, the piano is starting to look very nice.|
|The New England Piano Co.|
was known for fine workmanship.
|Real copper inlays add lots|
of visual character.
We tapped a few keys, and it DOES make sound (yay!). We're letting it sit for a while because A) it's really really really out of tune and B) the humidity levels need to stabilize after sitting in a Colorado garage for the last 20 years then riding in a truck to Tennessee.
The wood carving is exquisite. It arrived very dusty and dirty, and a lot of the detail was not evident until we took some rags to it. It hasn't really been used in close to 50 years. My second cousin has been hanging on to it after my great aunt passed (may God rest her soul). It's been in a corner of a garage for the last 10 or so, and it's taken several years to arrange reasonable transportation across the country. In that time, it has naturally accumulated a few...er...blemishes.
But after the first round of cleaning, it's coming into focus as a beatiful instrument.
I've in contact with some piano tuners, and it is repairable. To make it even sweeter, a family friend has generously agreed to fund the repairs.
So will will get to actually use it in our homeschool lessons. How awesome for the kids to learn piano on such a classic instrument!
We're excited about it.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of great aunt Barb, and for Mrs. K and her family.