Weser Bros. Transposing Upright Piano


This transposing upright piano was made by Weser Brothers in New York, New York in 1940. According to the inscription on the case, it was made “expressly for Irving Berlin.” The transposing mechanism moves the action and keyboard so that the player can play in any key. Irving Berlin was a self-taught pianist who preferred to play on the black keys. This piano is serial number 117728 and has a compass of AAA-c5, tape-check upright action, felt hammers, single-, double-, and triple-strings, 3 pedals: :soft,” transposing mechanism, and dampers, 1 hand lever under the keybed: keyboard and action shift, one-piece cast-iron frame, cross-strung, and a black lacquer case.

Date Made: 1940

User: Berlin, IrvingMaker: Weser Bros.

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

Subject: Musical Theater


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Irving Berlin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.73.30Accession Number: 305340Catalog Number: 73.30Serial Number: 117,728

Object Name: piano

Physical Description: felt (hammers: material)iron (frame material)wood (case: material)cast (frame production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 45 in x 60 in x 25 in; 114.3 cm x 152.4 cm x 63.5 cm

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Record Id: nmah_605967

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