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Stacey Benn Piano Tuning and Service - Certified Piano Technician
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Henry A. Pye, an 1890's Piano Tuner, signed this piano key probably when the piano was fresh from the Nordheimer factory. It's amazing to find an old signature as clear as the day it was made.
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The harpsichord-themed cards for gift certificates have been very popular this year! I call them harpsi-cards :)
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Fletcher Bros. is a name you can find  on the right hand side of the fallboard of many pianos that were originally sold on Vancouver Island and also in Vancouver. They were the biggest music retailer in the West,  with two locations in Victoria and at least one in Nanaimo and in Vancouver. In Victoria they were located at 1121 Government St and
607 View St, and in the 1890's the address is listed as 88 and 93 Government St.

The following writeup is about the Nanaimo store, as found in the British Colonist, April 1896.

The leading music emporium of Vancouver Island, outside  of Victoria, is that of Fletcher Bros, located on Commercial street. Fifteen years ago this enterprise was inaugurated, and in 1894 the present proprietors, Messrs. George A. and James Fletcher, took possession. In the spacious and handsome salesrooms are carried a stock valued at several thousand dollars, including pianos, organs, musical instruments of all kinds, sheet music, sewing machines, etc, the house having the agencies for:  Bush & Gerte, Kroeger & Co's, Ennis & Co's, and Gerhart, Heintzman & Co's pianos; Doherty's, Mason & Hamlin and Bell & Co's organs, Domestic, New Raymond, Seamstress, etc, sewing machines. All the latest popular music is always found here as quickly as it is in the market. Messrs Fletcher are the sons of J. W Fletcher, the well known music dealer of Victoria, and with their father received their thorough training. They are widely known and highly esteemed, not only in Nanaimo but throughout the Island.
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Gorgeous looking plate and open faced pinblock on this old Heintzman.
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This is an old advertisement from the Victoria Daily Colonist for a New Scale Williams Piano. June 23, 1906.
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The same piano, 90 minutes apart. Can you spot the difference?
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Trying out the Pipe Organ at New York's Metropolitan Museum
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This Fortepiano was built by a woman in a time when  we couldn't play piano in public. Nannette Streicher and her husband Johan had a close personal relationship with Beethoven and this is the type of piano he would have played on. This fortepiano is in the historical instrument collection at Western University. More info on Nannette Streicher is here: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nannette_Streicher
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