The manufacturer of the grand piano in the main room of our clubhouse was A.B. Chase, a piano factory established in 1875 in Norwalk, Ohio. All pianos manufactured from 1875 to 1930 were completely handmade from the finest materials available during that era. A piano took up to two years to complete. Mr. Chase and his associates developed the tri-bridge scale and incorporated it into their design, making these pianos some of the greatest toned pianos of their time. The company sold this design in 1900 to such manufacturers as Steinway, Baldwin and Mason/Hamlin, which improved their pianos as well.

The period from about 1900 to 1930 was the heyday of piano manufacturing of full-size upright and grand pianos. Thousands of small firms turned out millions of pianos during this time. Smaller pianos were not introduced until later on.

The club’s piano serial number is 65822, which means it was manufactured in 1923.

It was tuned and evaluated by Ed Howes II Piano Company on January 2, 2008. Mr. Howes said, “This piano is better than the new ones coming out of China.”