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D# / Eb (closest chromatic pitch)
Buzzers dampened.
Bought in 2021 from a South African who claimed it was made by Leonard Chiyanike, which could have been quite possible given the carefully crafted keys, the relatively high overtones, and overall style of making. But when asked later, Sekuru Chiyanike denied that.
Strikingly large "ears", reminiscent of a scroll. Very heavy soundboard, considerably thicker on the top end. The letters "STD" are embossed in the bridge on which the keys rest. Estimated to be made before 1980.
Stefan Franke
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Berlin, Germany

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