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Vintage and Antique Schoenhut Pianos
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Schoenhut® toy pianos delighted children, collectors, and musicians for decades. Since the company's founding in 1872 by German emigrant Albert Schoenhut, the keyboard’s magical overtones, hypnotic charm, and unique sound matured from novelty to special musical instruments. Unsurpassed in quality, pitch, and durability, each traditional model was crafted entirely by hand and individually tuned. The unique chime-like notes of Schoenhut® toy pianos are produced by little hammers striking metal bars, versus conventional taut wires used in full-sized models. Schoenhut® toy pianos; designed for children were built to endure active play, amd were appropriate for young and old alike. . .   Prior to the last sale of the company and production being moved to China.

For over 25 years I have worked full time selling new and used pianos, during that time I have traded-in or hauled away many, many old uprights and grands.   For several years I watched as most of these old pianos were taken to the landfill.   As musical instruments they had reached a point of no return.   Yet there remained beautiful wood cabinets.   One day I had an idea.   Looking at an absolutely gorgeous and ornate 1896 W.W. Kimball upright that would never again be a functioning piano, I decided to rip the guts out and install a digital piano in the beautiful cabinet.   I cut the back out and removed the pin block, strings intact and the back posts.   I removed the action and threw away all the keys.   Then I removed the keyboard and all the electronics from a digital piano.   A month later I had a wonderful new instrument in a 104 year old cabinet.   This new hybrid weighed only a third of the original piano.   There was plenty of room to conceal the buttons and switches for the newly installed digital, and at first glance it appeared to be a perfectly restored antique piano, that played and sounded like new.  

That was in 2000, since I have done the same with 3 grands, 6, 100 years plus uprights, and 3 consoles and one really pretty 1940s Baldwin French Provincial Cherry Spinet.   It no longer takes a month for the total body transplant operation.   Some of the conversation were special order, customer requests.   The others were the salvaging of old upright cabinets.   This endeavor began my adventure in recycling of the beautiful old piano cabinets. I had refinished and restored several pre 1970 Schoenhut and Jaymar Toy pianos.   I had a pretty good stockpile of salvage wood from old pianos, being as I was forced by space restriction to rip apart some of the old cabinets and store the wood. I decided to use some of the beautiful 100 year old wood to design and make new cabinets for the Schoenhut Pianos that were in need of more that just a face lift.   The cabinet styles are dictated by the designs of the wood, the parts I find most attractive.   I have kept the keyboard heights the same as the Schoenhut originals but in almost all cases increased the overall size of the instruments as well as the weight due to the use of the solid core woods rather than thin plywood or Masonite. The following pictures are the results of my endeavors.   There are some Schoenhut pianos that I have simply refinished, some I have restored and some I have recreated.  

From 1920
7" tall 
9" wide
6" deep 
7 wood keys 
tone rods
2#

$55.00

From 1960  14" wide - 10" tall
7" deep - 14 wood keys tone rods 4#

$75.00

From 1910  20" wide - 18" long
12" tall - 18 wood keys - tone bars
6#

$195.00

From 1950  20" tall - 23" wide
11" deep  30 keys - tone rods - 12#

$225.00

From 1930 -  22" tall  -  22" wide
14" deep  --  30 wood keys  --  tone rods -- 28#

$225.00

From 1900 
27" tall
26" wide
14" deep
37 wood keys
tone bars
30#


Custom designed and built pianos  from the best of the past

28" tall
24" wide
14" deep
30 keys
tone rods
28" tall
24" wide
13" deep
30 keys
28" tall
24" wide
13" deep
30 keys
27" wide
20"tall - 6" tall music rack
13" deep
30 keys
28" tall
14" deep
26" wide
37 keys