James B. Nugent Company Piano

O Happy Day!

Our letter carrier Chuck Torre does the Montague Avenue boogie woogie on a fine old piano we rescued from the side of the road. We rolled it several blocks back to our studio factory and set about learning more. Well cared for, yet played sufficiently that the middle C's ivory is worn to the wood - it's beautifully crafted of hardwoods including rosewood & ebony by the James B. Nugent Company, making box and upright pianos at 142 E. 36th St, New York City between the years 1869 and 1913.

One sunny day we decided it was a fine time to put the Nugent out front. As Stefan taped on the Free! sign a conveniently empty flatbed semi-truck pulled alongside. Perfect! The driver looked long and wistfully at the piano from his cab, at last pronouncing with a great sigh that his wife would kill him.  A while later our letter carrier Chuck came on his appointed round and much to our surprise metamorphosed into a rockin' hoppin' piano professor. After a few tunes Chuck suggested we call Gene Peterson's San Leandro's A Piano Warehouse, described in Yelp as "A slightly wacky place to get pianos"  Octogenarian Gene came by and with the wisdom of Archimedes easily tipped the upright into his pickup - cheerful to refresh and tune the 100 year old beauty for the next hundred.

Back in the 60's Chuck played in the Bay Area garage band Mother's Kookies.

Hear Chuck Torre play O Happy Day on his Hammond XK-3 Organ 

Thanks to Antique Piano Shop, source for our information about J.B. Nugent Co. pianos.