Last Updated on March 27, 2021
I would like to donate this piano to a local school music program or church. I can help with delivery but will need help moving not to my truck if you live in the Maryland/Washington DC/Virginia area. I am willing nto drive further (let’s discuss if your interested). I want to see the piano go to a good home.
This piano is manufactured by Currier & Company, which was founded by Ebenezer Bronson Currier in 1823. Currier pianos were produced until 1981. My family bought the piano new in 1978 for $1078. It has been with me since. I still have the original bill of sales. The company is no longer in business. American presidents John Quincy Adams and John Adams owned Currier pianos. During its more than 150 years in business, Currier produced numerous piano models.
Currier produced its modern pianos at a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The mountain location offered an abundant supply of hardwood and fruitwood trees from which the pianos were constructed. Currier also credited its mountain craftsmen with a keen attention to detail. It was at the North Carolina plant that Currier expanded its production to include deluxe console uprights and a line of grand pianos, in addition for its regular spinet and console production.
In 1977 Currier received a U.S. trademark for a breakthrough protective finish for its hardwood pianos. “Curriercote” was developed through a partnership between the former president of Currier and Eastman Chemical Products. Curriercote was a cellulose acetate butyrate formulation designed to form a tough barrier protecting Currier pianos from scratches, water damage and cigarette burns. This finish helps preserve the value of Currier pianos. The finish on the piano is still immaculate!
This particular model is an antique Currier upright piano, model number 32W, serial number 82442. It needs tuning which costs around $75- $125. I have tuned it myself over the years (tuning equipment included). You can tune it yourself if you know what your doing. Its in great condition for its age; it has been kept inside for it’s entire life. See below for value appraisal details. Original bench is included. As is. Original owner. Dark cherry wood.
The piano is in Stafford, Virginia. I have a pickup truck. If you help me load it, I can secure it to the bed and deliver it (within a reasonable distance 100 miles).
The case is supported by 2 legs that screw into the bottom of the case’s front edge corners. All legs are strudy and fitted properly except for the front right leg. The front right leg still supports the piano without wobble or any perceivable movement. It is safe to play and I have deferred this repair. The threads will need to be re-tapped a larger size and refitted with a new screw.
STRINGS AND TONALITY OF STRINGS
More than one wire is used to produce each note. For the bass notes, Currier used two wires, while the higher notes they use three.
Piano strings are unlike guitar or orchestra stringed instruments that require frequent replacement. Piano strings do not require frequent replacement at all. Replacing individual strings is not preferred because the age and tension difference affects the tone, timber and quality of the sound; you want to keep a matched set. All strings are original. None have broken or been replaced. The volume and tone of the strings is excellent.
All are in good shape:
TUNING PINS AND STABILITY
PIN BLOCK AND STRING BRIDGES
SOUNDING BOARD AND RIBS
CASE AND EXTERIOR PARTS
KEYS AND PERFORMANCE
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