When Galion Historical Society Director Andee Wildenthaler went to get a Brownella Cottage piano tuned, she received a pleasant surprise.
The piano, owned in the 1880s by Bishop William Montgomery Brown and his wife, Ella, was much rarer than originally thought.
“It’s a Chickery and Sons model with a rare piano action,” said Jim Novotny of J & J Piano Service of Marion. “On this one, they used coil springs instead of spring clips.”
Novotny estimates there are fewer than 100 of the pianos with the piano actions in the U.S.
“It’s a design like none other,” he said. “They have a real treasure here.”
Wildenthaler said the piano was last tuned in 1981 and plans to use it as part of the facility’s open house during Come Home to Galion.
“We just realized how amazing it was as the project continued,” she said.
Novotny talks about the rarity of the piano
Novotny talks about his work on the piano