This is a special 1880 Steinway & Sons Model B on a 137-year journey around the world. Model B serial number 42373 exited production in New York City on October 2, 1880. Two days later, it was on a ship to Steinway in London*. In January, 1881 it was rented to “Pennington” who was most likely, according to the National Library of Australia, Lewis William Pennington known as a teacher of pianoforte and a professor of music. It was again rented in July, 1881 to “Cransley” in London. The final entry in the ledger is for sale to “Pickles” in December, 1881**.
The piano made its way from England to Australia where it was found in a barn by a Steinway dealer in Melbourne just after the turn of the last century. Remarkably, the original sound board was still intact and in excellent condition. The instrument was refurbished inside and re-polished outside to a high-gloss ebony shine. The current owners purchased the piano in Melbourne in 2003.
The Steinway was moved almost immediately to Singapore. In 2005, it traveled once again to a new home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) where it has remained until today. In 2011, a piano technician with 40 years of Steinway experience replaced the hammers, shanks, and flanges making the piano 100% Steinway once again. The technician has volunteered to speak with potential buyers if requested.
This Steinway model B is a short distance from completing its 137 year journey around the world. Take it home or take side trip to add to its story.
• High-gloss ebony finish in perfect condition (has been re-polished)
• Ice cream cone legs
• Lace music stand
• Original sound board in excellent condition
• Bridges and pin block – all in perfect condition
• New felts to frame and tuning pins
• Original ivory keys
• Rebuilt action, new Steinway hammers, shanks, & flanges in 2011
• New Strings in 2003
* Per Steinway & Sons, New York
** Per Steinway & Sons, London and photos of sales ledger