Each piano is given a serial number at “birth.” It’s usually located somewhere in the tuning pin area of the cast-iron plate, though sometimes it’s elsewhere, or difficult to find. See this illustration or this video for typical locations. (If there appears to be more than one serial number on the piano, usually the longer one is the real serial number, the other being a number used by the factory during production.) If the manufacturer is still in business, it may be able to provide the year of manufacture from the serial number. Sometimes the information is on the manufacturer’s web site. For those not still in business, the Pierce Piano Atlas provides dates of manufacture from serial numbers for thousands of piano brands, both current and past. You can find the book through a piano technician or dealer, in libraries, or from www.piercepianoatlas.com. Where dates are not available in Pierce, or the serial number cannot be found, an experienced technician or rebuilder may be able to estimate the age of the piano from technical features or furniture design.
New Pianos Company Profiles, Models & Prices Look Up By Brand
- Piano Buying Basics (Start Here)
- Buying a New Piano
- Buying a Used Piano
- Buying a Digital Piano
- High-End & Institutional Pianos
- Hybrid, Player & Software Pianos
- Selling/Donating a Piano
- Piano Care, Moving & Accessories
- Current Features
- Instrument Reviews
- New Product News
- Larry’s Blog
- Piano Buying Stories
If you are looking for ADS FOR PIANO-RELATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES and don't see any here, please turn off the AD-BLOCKING FEATURE in your web browser, or list www.pianobuyer.com as an EXCEPTION.