His­toric pi­ano needs good home

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MARK NEW­MAN

He­len Manning has an old pi­ano she’d like to give to some­one who will ap­pre­ci­ate it and look af­ter it.

“I got it from my neigh­bours when I lived on Lester­wood Street (near Law­field Arena),” Manning said of the 93-year-old pi­ano made by Wil­lis Com­pany Ltd. of Mon­treal. “It’s a piece of Moun­tain his­tory.” The num­ber on the back of the heavy wood-frame pi­ano in­di­cates it was built in early 1924, said Dan Sil­ver­wood of Sil­ver­wood Pianos.

Manning said she was given the pi­ano about 15 years ago by Jim Good­win, who had res­cued it from the Queens­dale Bible Chapel on Queens­dale Av­enue af­ter a fire at the chapel in 1994.

“It’s free to a good home, but they have to get it out of here.”

For Manning, get­ting the pi­ano brought back mem­o­ries of her child­hood and those of her four chil­dren.

In the 1960s, she and other chil­dren from the neigh­bour­hood at­tended evening meet­ings at the chapel where they would get treats, learn about the Bible and oc­ca­sion­ally play on the old pi­ano in the church base­ment.

“It turns out this is the very pi­ano I thumped around on as a lit­tle girl,” said Manning, who noted her four chil­dren also played on it while at­tend­ing Sparks for Je­sus gath­er­ings at the chapel in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“It ended com­ing full cir­cle, and I ended up with the pi­ano.”

Manning said the pi­ano is in pretty good con­di­tion, al­though a cou­ple of the high-note ham­mers need to be re­placed.

Any­one in­ter­ested in the pi­ano can email Manning at he­lent­man­ning@hot­mail.com.

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