The video attached to this writing validates the beauty of music-making on a well-maintained, though 1940s vintage era acoustic piano.
Baldwin Acrosonics were the Cadillacs of the spinet and console variety pianos. They had a noticeable innovation compared to their sister-size instruments. (A deeper sound chamber, especially noted in the consoles that measured 40″ or taller) Baldwin Acro’s standard 36″ spinet was still a resonating musical treasure, if properly cared for. The pianos were manufactured starting in 1936.
“Coined from the Greek word, “Akros,” meaning supreme, and the Latin, “sonus,” meaning tone, the trademark Acrosonics were famous for their tonal clarity, power, and *Full- Direct Blow action.” (Bluebook of Pianos.com)
*This action sits on top of the keys instead of being a drop action where the action connects to the key by a rod or some other “indirect” method.
An Acrosonic with fluted legs, sequestered in a gorgeous El Cerrito Hills home lived up to its singing nightingale reputation, in the good company of “Haddy” Haddorff, one of my pianos, now in the good care of a well-regarded Central Valley piano teacher. (Both instruments have an immaculate set of ivory keys)
The Hills Acrosonic, purchased at DC Pianos in Berkeley, is accompanied by a sturdy adjustable concert bench.
And while many of my students own digitals, if they can possibly locate an acoustic of this variety in excellent condition, I would say, Go for it!
Acrosonics are easily found on Craig’s List, though a piano teacher and technician should be taken along for an assessment.
The occasion was a make-up lesson on site at my students’ home. (We were working on Chopin’s A minor Waltz, No. 19, Op. Posthumous)
More often I’m found in a separate El Cerrito Hills location that houses my Baldwin Hamilton 1929 grand, another vintage charmer.
Finally, look at these lovely representations of Baldwin Acrosonics, striking for their beauty, inside and out: