Verge dump­ing strikes a chord

MANY strange things are put out on the verge – but a com­plete up­right pi­ano?

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Bill Buys

MANY strange things are put out on side­walks for the City of Wan­neroo’s twice a year bulk refuse col­lec­tion, among them a va­ri­ety of white­goods, chairs, fans, out-of-ac­tion TV sets, paint pots and such­like.

But a com­plete up­right pi­ano?

A rare one emerged in Lang­ford Boule­vard, Made­ley, dur­ing last week’s col­lec­tion in the form of an old Ger­mahn brand pi­ano.

In a rather sorry state of ne­glect, it was still mostly in work­ing con­di­tion, with four faulty keys marked with an ‘x’ in texta and the maker’s name still proudly dis­played in gold on its face.

On the lower right cor­ner was the sup­plier’s name: Snadens, a house­hold name in the WA world of pi­anos, with a his­tory dat­ing back to 1921.

How­ever, the com­pany’s records did not show any prod­uct known as ‘Ger­mahn.’

Might it have been sold on con­sign­ment?

An in­ter­net search also failed to pro­duce much in­for­ma­tion, other than a new Ger­mahn could be bought at Thom­son’s at ei­ther its Perth or Fre­man­tle premises, for 165 pounds ster­ling back in 1928.

How­ever, that com­pany no longer ex­ists.

One other Ger­mahn was of­fered for sale on Gumtree a while ago, de­scribed as ‘Fair con­di­tion, needs tun­ing & comes with 2 stools. Comes as is.’

It was pick-up only, and you had to go and fetch it in Toowoomba.

The one on the side­walk in Made­ley looked to be of late 1920s vin­tage and might have had quite a tale to tell.

But it made a sorry sight among a pile of junk on the side­walk.

This rare Ger­mahn pi­ano was put out for bulk rub­bish on a street in Made­ley.

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