For anyone researching information on their old family upright, there is one site that has more valuable information than any other, and that is the Piano History pages at EDWARDIAN UPRIGHTS and later .
There is information on age and style that is not available anywhere else. I would highly recommend that you look here first to get started on your information quest.
“All our pianos have their own character and a lot of them are from famous makers. Bill is getting older and at some point this collection will die. From my point of view I would like to see him get an apprentice to learn about it so the collection can carry on. We cannot do anything more with it or raise funds until we have a building. Because everything is so crammed it is soul destroying even to go and look at it.”
The Etude, May 1913. Presser’s Musical Magazine. Schubert and His Friends.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) at the piano, playing for his friends while some of them sing. Appreciation of Schubert’s music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, as on the Etude cover, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades immediately after his death.
Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding pretty good, but return to the practice room the next day to discover that you’re back at square 1? That nothing has really changed? And despite how good it sounded yesterday, now it sounds just as bad as it did before you worked on it?