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Address:Spring and Studebaker, Long Beach, CA 90808
This piano has been sitting unused in a room in my father's house for over 10 years. I think he bought it for my mother about 15 years ago, from a friend of the family. The serial number stamped on the soundboard corresponds to 1908 (28590). Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heintzman_%26_Co. to learn more about this piano, where it states that "...Unlike some piano manufacturers of the time, Heintzman always aimed to produce high-quality, rather than affordable instruments, and it was on the basis of this reputation that the firm carried its success into the twentieth century..." It goes on to say "According to one piano technician, Heintzman & Co. "'produced high quality grand and upright pianos through the early decades of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, the market for large uprights declined through the 1930’s. Heintzman followed the trend toward smaller cheaper uprights and although they produced better than average uprights, they couldn’t match the sound and quality of the earlier full sized upright pianos that they had once produced.'"
The action appears to be completely refurbished: new felt pads and ribbons on all 88 key mechanisms. The overhanging tips of a few of the ivories are clipped off horizontally, much like broken fingernails (see photo). One of the small handles inside the keyboard cover is missing some wood, but otherwise the piano is in good condition, with only minor scratches overall (none are very deep, nor are there any gouges in the wood anywhere). I recently applied some good Danish oil to the front of the piano and it looks really great.
All the keys work very well, and their notes all sound full and rich. I'm an amateur composer, and I prefer using my Yamaha electronic piano with headphones while I'm working on new compositions.