Baldwin

For current-model, new pianos:

North American Music, Inc.

11 Holt Drive

Stony Point, New York 10980

845-429-0106

For parts and warranty information on older pianos:

Baldwin Piano Company

309 Plus Park Boulevard

Nashville, Tennessee 37217

615-871-4500

870-483-6111 (parts)

800-444-2766 (Baldwin 24/7 consumer hotline)

www.baldwinpiano.com

Pianos made by: Baldwin (Zhongshan) Piano and Musical Instrument Co., Ltd., Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China; Parsons Music Ltd., Yichang, Hubei Province, China; and Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. was established in Cincinnati in 1862 as a retail enterprise and began manufacturing its own line of pianos in 1890. Throughout most of the 20th century, the company was considered one of the most successful and financially stable piano makers in the United States. Beginning in the 1980s, however, the quality declined, especially as a result of the relocation of action manufacturing to Mexico. In 2001, a combination of foreign competition and management problems resulted in bankruptcy, and purchase by Gibson Guitar Corporation.

 

Baldwin currently manufactures vertical pianos for the U.S. market in a factory it owns in Zhongshan, China, where it also maintains a major presence in the Chinese domestic, and other international, piano markets. It also contracts with Parsons Music, a large, well-respected manufacturer associated with a chain of music schools and stores in Hong Kong and China, to have grand pianos made under the Baldwin name. In 2007, Baldwin purchased a formerly government-owned piano factory in Dongbei, China, and for a while made grand pianos there, but due to a dispute with the Chinese government, production at that factory has been temporarily halted.

 

The company ceased regular piano production at its only remaining U.S. factory, in Trumann, Arkansas, at the end of 2008, though the facility remains open as a U.S. distribution and service center. Pianos sold in the U.S. now bear only the Baldwin name; all other piano names Baldwin owns and has recently used, such as Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Chickering, Howard, and D.H. Baldwin, have been retired, although some pianos bearing those names may remain on showroom floors for quite some time until sold.

 

Baldwin has re-created versions of most of its former U.S. vertical models at its facility in Zhongshan. In most instances, both the cabinet styling and the musical scale designs of the former models have been copied. Models B342 and B442 are 43″ consoles, in attractive furniture styles similar to those of the former Acrosonic models 2096 and 2090, respectively, but with updated scale designs. Models B243, BPE1, and BPC3T are similar to the famous Baldwin Hamilton studio, the most popular school piano ever built, with toe-block construction. Model BPC5 is a replica of the former Baldwin model 248, and model B252 is a nearly exact replica of the former 52″ model 6000 upright, with Accu-just hitch pins, though with a bass sustain instead of a sostenuto pedal.

 

The Baldwin grands made by Parsons Music, known as the Professional Series, have some similarities to the former U.S.-made Artist grands in terms of cabinet styling and material specifications, but the scale designs have been changed. Premium features include a maple rim, sand-cast plate, solid Alaskan Sitka spruce soundboard, duplex scaling, real ebony-wood sharps, German Röslau music wire, German Abel hammers, and a slow-close fallboard. All grand models are now available in a hand-rubbed, satin ebony finish.

 

Baldwin recently introduced a lower-priced Academy Series of grand pianos, made in Indonesia by Samick. The differences between the Academy Series and the Professional Series are as follows: the 4′ 9″ model B146 does not have duplex scaling; hammers on most models are not sourced from Abel; sizes and scale designs are different; the sharps (black keys) are synthetic rather than wood; the rims are made of Mercanti and beech rather than maple; and the soundboards are of veneered spruce. However, the 7′ 1″ model B217 grand, which was introduced in 2021, has a beech rim, ebony sharps, and Abel hammers.

 

Baldwin has licensed the Magic-Lid (formerly known as Safety-Ease) slow-close grand lid system, which is now standard on the 5′ 10″ model BP178 and the 6′ 3″ model BP190.

Baldwin sells an electronic player-piano system called ConcertMaster, available only on Baldwin pianos.

 

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, to the original purchaser.

See the Introduction to Brand Profiles, Models, and Prices for an explanation of pricing.

Model & Pricing Guide

Dealers may pass through to customers a distributor freight surcharge of $300 to $600 during international shipping crisis.

Baldwin Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
BP5 Studio
49
Rosewood Polish w/French Leg
$13,095
$9,190
BPX5 Studio
49
Mahogany Satin
$13,745
$9,590
B243 Institutional
47
Walnut Satin
$12,465
$8,790
B243 Institutional
47
Ebony Satin
$12,465
$8,790
BP3 Studio
48
Ebony Polish w/French Leg
$12,785
$8,990
B442 Traditional
43
Mahogany Satin
$12,145
$8,590
BPC1/S Studio
47
Ebon Polish w/Silver Hardware
$11,495
$8,190
B342 French Provincial
43
Cherry Satin
$12,145
$8,590
BPE1 Studio
47
Ebony Polish
$10,865
$7,790
BP3T Studio
48
Rosewood Polish
$12,465
$8,790
BP5 Studio
49
Ebony Polish
$12,785
$8,990
B252 Concert
52
Ebony Satin
$15,345
$10,590
BP3T Studio
48
Ebony Polish
$12,145
$8,590

Baldwin Professional Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
BP190
6
3
Mahogany Polish
$56,945
$36,590
BP178
5
10
Mahogany Polish
$48,945
$31,590
BP178
5
10
Walnut Polish
$48,945
$31,590
BP211
6
11
Ebony Polish
$70,385
$44,990
BP190
6
3
Ebony Polish
$54,385
$34,990
BP190
6
3
Walnut Polish
$56,945
$36,590
BP178
5
10
Ebony Polish
$46,385
$29,990
BP165
5
5
Mahogany Polish
$31,985
$24,990
BP165
5
5
Walnut Polish
$31,985
$24,990
BP165
5
5
White Polish
$31,985
$24,990
BP165
5
5
Ebony Polish w/Silver Hardware
$31,985
$24,990
BP165
5
5
Ebony Polish
$29,425
$23,390
BP152
5
0
Ebony Polish
$32,625
$21,390
BP148
4
10
Walnut Polish
$31,985
$184,990
BP148
4
10
Mahogany Polish
$31,985
$184,990
BP148
4
10
Ebony Polish
$29,425
$19,390
BP148
4
10
Ebon Polish w/Silver Hardware
$31,985
$184,990
BP148
4
10
White Polish
$31,985
$184,990

Baldwin Academy Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
B151
5
0
Walnut Polish
$29,425
$19,390
B151
5
0
Ebony Polish
$27,825
$18,390
B151
5
0
Ebony Satin
$29,425
$19,390
B151
5
0
Ebony Polish w/Silver Hardware
$29,425
$19,390
B151
5
0
White Polish
$29,425
$19,390
B151
5
0
Mahogany Polish
$29,425
$19,390
B146
4
9
Walnut Polish
$26,225
$17,390
B146
4
9
White Polish
$26,225
$17,390
B146
4
9
Ebony Polish w/Silver Hardware
$26,225
$17,390
B146
4
9
Mahogany Polish
$26,225
$17,390
B146
4
9
Ebony Satin
$26,225
$17,390
B146
4
9
Ebony Polish
$24,625
$16,390
B186
6
1
Ebony Polish
$43,185
$27,990
B161
5
4
Ebony Polish
$31,025
$20,390
B177
5
9
Mahogany Polish
$38,385
$24,990
B217
7
1
Ebony Polish
$57,585
$36,990
B161
5
4
White Polish
$32,625
$21,390
B161
5
4
Mahogany Polish
$32,625
$21,390
B161
5
4
Walnut Polish
$32,625
$21,390
B186
6
1
Ebony Satin
$44,785
$28,990
B177
5
9
Ebony Satin
$38,385
$24,990
B177
5
9
Ebony Polish
$36,785
$23,990
B177
5
9
Walnut Polish
$38,385
$24,990
B161
5
4
Ebony Satin
$32,625
$21,390
B161
5
4
Ebony Polish w/Silver Hardware
$32,625
$21,390