This Steinway Duo Art reproducing piano is a 'parlor grand,'
This Steinway Duo Art reproducing piano is a 'parlor grand,' Model L, Style OR, serial #240397, manufactured in 1926. I purchased this instrument at a farm auction in Minnesota in 1987. The previous owner was a Roger Torkelson of Chicago and San Francisco. According to information received at the time it became mine, the piano was completely restored in 1973 by Ross Hepson at a cost of $4,500. In 1991, the piano was moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Connecticut. In 1992, Clinton's Inc. of New Haven, CT installed new hammers, shanks and flanges and performed complete action regulation. At present, the reproducing mechanism barely functions, missing notes and playing at greatly reduced volume. In 2007, a registered tuner/restorer from Connecticut diagnosed the issues and prescribed restoration that included removing all pneumatics, replacing 83 valve pouches and valve leathers, resealing the valve plates and replacing and reinstalling the bellows. The estimated cost for these repairs in 2007 was $5,000. The case is veneer mahogany and in good shape. The key lid needs minor repair (the hinge on one side is loose). Bench needs repair. The motor makes a slight thumping noise when operating. Related Duo Art piano material (catalogs and booklets) included with sale of piano.