Dating piano by serial number
- Factory fires, floods, disasters of other kinds, the paper and metal drives of the Second War, the fact that most industry people have been businessmen rather than historians have led to a lamentable lack of documentation on pianos. For most of the older instruments, this is simply a point of interest.
For others, serial number dating can be the confirmation to purchase the item, or steer clear of it and purchase something else.
Pianos also have other numbers printed on them such as part numbers and many other pianos do not have a serial number at all.
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We are often asked to give a particular pianos age and most of the time it is based on finding a serial number so that we can cross reference with the date of manufacture.
Many piano manufacturers placed serial numbers in a variety of places.
Do not rely on the name that is printed on the fall board as this does not guarantee the name of the manufacturer.
Some serial numbers are printed on the back board of vertical pianos and require you to move the piano out from the wall.