Thursday, April 16, 2009
Vintage Thingies Thursday
This week I thought I'd show off my vintage piano. It's an old Kohler & Campbell Studio piano. It is solid mahogany, weighs tons & even with its wheels still takes 14 strong men to get it anywhere, LOL! I'm not sure of its age as I haven't done any investigation but I suspect the '40's. It came out of the Enlisted Officer's Club at Ft.Hood TX. in the 70's and although I don't have a photo of it's original condition it cost me $125 so just use your imagination!
The part below the keyboard was completely absent & had to be replaced, there were cigarette burns all along the ledge above the keys & even some burn marks on the ivories but you can see they are all in good shape now. I paid big bucks for restoration at the time & with all the subsequent moves it has had a few dings since then but overall it's in nice condition.
I no longer play [really, once in a great while I will play around a bit] I am too out of practice & my hands suffer with arthritis.
Above the piano hangs this watercolor Grand Piano quilt, not vintage I made it in the 90's!
Here is my Mum's old Hymn Book, she played organ & piano for church most of her life, see her initials, E.J.B. This is probably 40's or 50's vintage I would guess
The music bench was purchased after I acquired the piano & came with some old sheet music that brings back memories, some of it is real old timey! Anyone remember "Dance with a dolly with a hole in her stocking while her knees keep a-knocking & her toes keep a-rocking..........."? My Mum used to sing that one & many others my children would really laugh at that I think were 30's & 40's tunes!
I can't tell the age of this music but the prices on these books range from $1.50 up to $2.95 for "Jesus Christ Superstar"!
This piece suggests " excellent for three boys to play in recital," hmmmm yes I can see that now!
This selection is even older because they begin at 55c - 65c & the one on top I brought from Australia, it cost 5 shillings. I only know it was printed earlier than 14th. Feb.1966 when Australia made the move to decimal currency!
Now mosey on over to Colorado lady's blog & check out all the other VTT blogger's offerings.