This is an appeal for help.
I’ve tried everything I could think of and I got nowhere.
I am asking you for your help and assistance in solving our Great Piano Mystery which has been driving us crazy for many years now.
To paraphrase the most famous princess on Earth: “Help me, dear Reader, you’re my only hope!”
We sort of inherited this beautiful stand-up piano from previous owners of our present home in Dorćol, Belgrade (Serbia).
I cannot tell you how happy we were when we got it. We would’ve been extremely happy about any piano, but this one was all cute and special and even had places for two lamps – light bulbs – on it! I saw no cables but those lamp-holders were definitely for electric lighting!
I always wanted a piano, never had one. And honestly, I could not believe that the previous apartment owners would part with it so eagerly
They were apparently in a great rush to move out, so they kinda left us the beautiful piano.
When I asked them about it, they could only tell me that it belonged to the father/husband of the family who passed away some years ago. That was it. Nothing about the piano itself.
I was convinced I could find all the information I need about it in 5 seconds, once I sit at my computer.
And that is the weirdest part.
In all my years of internet using & abusing, I have never EVER typed something in Google or other search engine and got – nothing. At all.
The only piece of information I have to work with is the writing on the plaque which is screwed on to the front, on the inside of the lid.
It’s in Bulgarian, which I do not speak but I’m sort of guessing the piano was a present for someone, for their outstanding work…and efforts… in trade? Ministry of the Economy? Please, do help me with this, you Bulgrian speakers?!
Who (or what?) is Evdokia Dulitzky? What is in Charlottenburg, Berlin? Who was the piano for and why exactly?
I cannot tell you how much I want to know everything about this Bulgarian-German-Serbian Connection.
If you type the name „EVDOKIA DULITZKY piano“ in any search engine, you will get a few hits, all of which are actually – my own. Those would be my previous attempts of posting photos of it on Instagram etc., trying to find out more about this wonderful instrument.
We went to all kinds of piano-related pages and forums, renowned piano repair shops worldwide, piano-lovers Facebook groups… No luck so far.
I would absolutely love to learn this piano’s story (I am completely convinced it is a fantastic one) or at least to know the basic origin information.
We would greatly appreciate any help in solving this mystery.
A great help would also be a contact number for some top piano-maister ‘cos this lovely instrument needs (at least) a couple of keys fixed in order to be fit for playing.
So, dear friends, please do share this appeal of mine, and please do let me know if any of the information I posted here rings any bell… or even if you think you could have a potentially helpful thought.
At this point, any and every idea is more then welcome.
Fingers crossed we’ll solve this together now!
Thank you kindly!
Update – 24th of February 2015. I am incredibly happy to report that another two proud owners of “Evdokia Dulitzky” piano found this post and reached out, curious and eager to solve the mysteries of their own pianos! The most amazing thing to me is that, apparently, all three of these pianos are – right here in Serbia, maybe even in Belgrade! How amazing and statistically improbable! Needless to say, this has given me an extra boost, so I am even more determined to learn as much as possible about the history of this beautiful, precious instrument (and the other two, hopefully). So, please dear Reader, if you have any kind of idea or a hint or a clue or maybe even a piece of real information, I would be extremely grateful for any of it. And so would be the other two owners of “Evdokia Dulitzky” pianos. Thank you!