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    Eleanor Powell's Piano from King Vidor. When Eleanor Powell first moved to Hollywood at the start of her film career, she lived in a house owned by accomplished director King Vidor. When she eventually moved out, Vidor gave her this baby grand piano that she often used to accompany her by her studio pianist as she practiced her future dance routines. Ultimately, it was used to play "Here Comes the Bride" on the day she married Glenn Ford.
    The Everett Baby Grand Piano, Original Boston Series 50, bears the serial number 45192, and was manufactured in 1923. A NAMM label attached underneath reads: "For the advancement of music National Assoc of Music Merchant A18399." The Everett piano has been professionally appraised at a value of $5,250.00, and though this figure is based on the age, condition, size, grade and rarity of this piano, the unique backstory increases this baby grand's value exponentially. Based on comparisons of pianos of this age, condition and nature offered for sale in newspapers and the internet by private parties, music stores, auction houses, and piano teachers, this value has been certified through research in Directories of the Music Industry such as, The Presto Piano Buyers Guide, The Pierce Musical Instrument Atlas, The Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments and The Bluebook of Pianos, and the Piano Times Newspaper.
    EVERETT The Everett Piano Company was established in Boston, Mass., in 1883, by the John J. Church Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the leading music publishing concerns of America. From its earliest inception, the Everett was a piano of high quality. These pianos are well known for its tonal quality, including a robust, resonant bass, rich and warm tenor and a treble with a singing tone, bell-like in its clarity. Baby grand pianos have been built as small as 42" long, though the smallest size that one is likely to encounter is about 4'6" long.
    Teresa Carreno, foremost pianist of her time; Walter Damrosch, long-time conductor of the N.Y. symphony and pioneer radio conductor; Cecile Chaminade, eminent French composer; the pianist Alfred Reisenauer, John Philip Sousa-these are but a few of the many great artists who played Everett grands on the concert stage or owned, used and admired them in private life. Because of the growing vogue of the small piano in the home and the shrinking market for grands. Everett made pianos known for their beauty of its case designs. Special attention was given to this important feature of artistic piano making that even the regular models of this line are noteworthy for their simplicity and grace. Cabinets using hardwood solids and veneers were hand-sanded and hand-rubbed over multiple coats of lacquer to assure timeless beauty. These pianos are valued as well as for their musical capabilities.
    The piano is in Very Good condition. From the Glenn Ford Estate. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Peter Ford.


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