I'm not sure where this would lead, but is a method that occasionally
sees success. If there is any record of the serial number for this
Steinway, there is a small chance that either Steinway or some obscure
database or even some piano tech in New York might be able to find a
sighting, or at least be on the lookout. Also, model (B, M, L, etc.)
would be good information. That combination posted on a group like PTG
or Piano World or the like might eventually yield what is being sought
out. I know that when I spent 15 years as a piano tech I did keep
records which included serial numbers, as I worked on many very old
uprights dating back to the birdcage type actions in the 1880s, and
wanted to be able to have that information on hand if I needed
replacement parts, dating information, or perhaps another piano to
cannibalize. I know others have done the same.
Painless if it doesn't work, but better if it does.
Also, does not Steinway have some record of ownership as they had
warranties even back in the early 1900s? Or perhaps Joplin bought it
second-hand? I don't have Ed's text in front of me so I'm not sure if
that is noted.
Bill Edwards - I like Steinways but I could better afford a Petrof!