1976 Baldwin Spinet For Sale in Olive Branch, Ms
*Location: Olive Branch, MS (suburb of Memphis, TN)
*Built in 1976 (36 years old)
W = 56 1/2"
H = 36"
D = 22 1/2"
*Bought from a piano showroom in Columbus, OH in 2005 - sold to showroom by original owner
*Regularly dusted/polished to preserve wood quality
*Moved and tuned only professionally
*Very minor nicks & surface scratches to wood - very good to excellent condition for 36 years of age
*Photo is unaltered - true color and detail
*Asking $1450 obo
*Contact phone # is 901-870-2251 be sure to leave message
The Baldwin Acrosonic spinet piano was considered to be the best spinet on the market for more than 40 years. Which is about how long Baldwin placed that name on their spinet. Although sometimes the Acrosonic name was used on console and studio size Baldwins.
But for the most part whenever that name is mentioned in the piano world, dealers and tuners alike almost always think of Baldwin's famous spinet piano. Almost as if the name Acrosonic itself means spinet. No doubt Baldwin sold more of these instruments than any other style during those 40 or 50 years.
Introduced in 1936, the year after Winter Piano Co. was credited with making the very first spinet size piano. The height is about 35 and 1/2 inches to maybe 37 or 38 inches tall. With around 36" to 37" being the most common height.
This style is the shortest upright piano style ever made. And of course the strings are shorter and the action is very compact, with the sticker for the action being inverted. This is referred to as a drop action. This drop action style is one of the main things that makes up the spinet piano style. The drop action type was a lighter or less heavy touch then other types.
The 36 to 38 inch height is the other factor that makes up this instrument. While the Acrosonic was definitely a very good spinet, this smaller type of piano in general was not well accepted by teachers and serious pianists.
Larger or taller uprights were more acceptable to the music world because they had longer strings, a stronger and more direct blow action and well by-golly they were just an all around better piano. Sorry if I sound a little tongue-in-cheek, but the truth is a lot of Acrosonics played and sounded better than some of the larger instruments that were sold. I guess sometimes short pianos, just like short people, get over looked.
Now of course we are talking about past history. From 1936 until around 1960 there were little or no Asian instruments imported to the US. There were probably a few personal imports but Asian importing of pianos did not really start up until the 1960's. And then it was mostly Japanese. Such as Yamaha and Kawai, which are very good pianos. The Yamaha spinet, which is no longer built, is the only other spinet that was better than the Acrosonic. Kawai briefly built spinets but they were quite mediocre.
Thousands and thousands of Acrosonics were built from the 1930's until the 1980's. There may be as many as 1,000,000 in the US. While they were probably the most expensive spinets built, it is very impressive that so many were sold. It could be that some teachers and pianists at least accepted this one instrument.
For it's unfortunately true that many of the other spinets were not very good instruments. Which is why that style was hated by teachers, although they were loved by parents because they were cheap(inexpensive). That is why so many spinets were sold. That is also why we should be proud of the Baldwin Acrosonic spinet. It was not cheap and it was a better instrument.
There are a lot of them in Memphis and Nashville alone. They were sold throughout Tennessee and all other states. Since Gibson Guitar bought Baldwin in 2001, the name may have been dropped from the product line. For many years before Gibson Guitars bought them, the Acrosonic name was mostly used on consoles or studios. Baldwin had purchased Wurlitzer Piano in the early 1990's and most of their spinet production had the Wurlitzer name on them.
When Baldwin went bankrupt in 2001 that ended all known production of the spinet piano in America, plus the entire world as far as I know. All of the other US spinet makers had already closed. Spinet Piano Style(born 1935, died 2001). Farewell.
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