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1910 Tonk Upright Grand Piano

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Posted 7 years ago


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Again another wonderful piece from my grandparents. I'm taking this opportunity to share them while they are mine. Some will have to go to other homes. But, until they go I will enjoy them with you.

Tonk pianos had an excellent reputation and were well know for tonal quality--a robust resonant bass, rich warm tenor, and a treble bell-like in its clarity. This piano was created for professional use and for anyone requiring a grand piano's volume and powerful presence.

At the turn of the century, William Tonk & Bros. iniciated unique and distinctive features of construction such as rolled steel backs for durability and "over-stringling" to compete with grands for concert use-- these uprights provided as much total soundboard area as a 7 foot grand.


  1. Jackie Jackie, 7 years ago
    Oh, by the way, the photo of gentleman is Willaim Tonk.
  2. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    Love those old pianos, thanks for sharing!
  3. Jackie Jackie, 7 years ago
    Thank you Tikiray. Do you play the piano?
  4. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    I would love to, but I don't. I've tried a few different instruments but my hands are so small I have a hard time playing anything! I just love the beauty in an old piano.
  5. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    Hey, at least you could draw! My brother was the musician and photographer.... my sister the artist and musician.... and me... well, I'm a biology nerd. lol
  6. Jackie Jackie, 7 years ago
    I know what you mean, Tikiray. My mother and grand mother played extremely well (both are gone); and I never learned. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was draw.
    It looks like you got one in while I was making a correction. I loved biology, too! My drawing helped with lab reports and the like.
  7. Jackie Jackie, 7 years ago
    But, like you, I'm keeping the piano just for the beauty of it and the occassional friend who will play for me.
  8. tikiray tikiray, 7 years ago
    You're lucky to have it. It's very pretty!
  9. Jackie Jackie, 7 years ago
    Thank you Tikiray.
  10. standwick, 6 years ago
    Jackie, I can just hear the quality of this magnificant piano in your description alone. I play piano, was taught on a 9ft Steinway Grand. I know exactly what you'r saying as you write and can just feel the keys and hear the sound in my head. Congrats for keeping it.
  11. desertmamabrie, 5 years ago
    Hi Jackie. My husband, Noah Tonk, is a decendant of the Tonk family (I believe William was his great-grandfather) that made your beautiful piano. We have been looking casually for years to try and find one that we could purchase and pass along through our children and their future children. Would you ever consider selling this or can you tell me where you were able to find it?
    Thank you so much for your time.

    Brie Tonk
  12. dedliv, 5 years ago
    Jackie, I have a William Tonk and Bros. Upright Grand Piano very similar to yours. I have been trying to find information about how old it is on the internet, but can't seem to find much information on the William Tonk pianos. I do have the serial number for it, but can't seem to find a database that will tell me how old it is based on that. I was wondering if you had ever had yours appraised?
    Thank you,
    Melissa Hodne
  13. mrampal, 1 year ago
    I have a 15391 Tonk piano. Does anyone have any info?
  14. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 1 year ago
    Nice old sheet music on the cover, pre1918 with a drawing of a Gibson Girl ( many artists around 1900 copied the popular "Gibson Girl" image of creator Chas. Dana Gibson) so "she" was seen on many items. There exists at least one actual C,D. Gibson sheet music art cover to my knowledge. AND....
    What a gorgeous piano!!--Back in the day most homes had a piano (not this nice unfortunately).
  15. brunswick brunswick, 1 year ago
    "Play Me A Song Your The Piano Man...." Ahh...Billy Joel!! Thomas.

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