How Old is my Baldwin Piano?

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Baldwin Piano Company acquired 42 companies, including those involved in finance and electronics, becoming Baldwin United. In 1963, they acquired Bechstein, the well-loved German firm; this association, which was the last until 1987, gave them an international piano service for concert artists. In 1965 they produced their first concert … Read moreHow Old is my Baldwin Piano?

How Old is my Bentley Piano?

Although the first Bentley pianos appeared in showrooms in 1930, the man behind this popular English make, Douglas Grover, was already a third-generation piano maker. In 1993 Whelpdale Maxwell & Codd, Ltd., acquired the Bentley Piano Company, and production was moved to their factory in South London. British Piano Manufacturing, Ltd., formed in 2000, today … Read moreHow Old is my Bentley Piano?

How Old is my Broadwood & Sons Piano?

With extensive restructuring, and changing production between grand, upright, and player pianos to suit the changing times, Broadwood and Sons has survived, marking an incredible 260-year history. Today broadwood pianos are made by the British Piano Manufacturing Company, founded in 2000 in Stroud, who also make pianos to the specifications of other English firms such … Read moreHow Old is my Broadwood & Sons Piano?

How Old is my Grotrian-Steinweg Piano?

Grotrian’s business interests took him to Moscow, where he established a successful retail concern. When he returned over a decade later to his native Germany, he founded a new piano-making partnership with Heinrich’s son, Carl Friedrich Theodore Steinweg. The moved production to Braunschweig and forged a successful business making quality pianos. Heinrich Steinweg, meantime, have … Read moreHow Old is my Grotrian-Steinweg Piano?

How Old is my Kawai Piano?

In 1980 a 300,000-square-foot factory was built, capable of producing sixty grand pianos a day. In 1989 the company presidency was passed to Shigeru’s son, Hirotaka Kawai, who has since invested millions of dollars to introduce robotic technology into the production process. In the last ten years, production sites have been established outside Japan, in … Read moreHow Old is my Kawai Piano?

How Old is my Leipziger Pianofortefabrik Piano?

   Ronisch prospered between the wars, but the company’s Dresden factory was destroyed in bombing raids in 1945, and production was moved to Hupfeld’s Leipzig factory. The following year Leipzig Pianofortefabrik was born, and by 1986 annual output stood at 8,600. Following German Reunification in 1990, the production process was reorganized and the range redesigned. … Read moreHow Old is my Leipziger Pianofortefabrik Piano?

How Old is my Petrof Piano?

     New factories were built, first in 1970 to increase production of upright pianos, and then in 1989 a second plant to concentrate on the grand piano market. By 1990 serial numbers had reached 450,000. Petrof currently produces  around 12,000 uprights and 1,750 pianos a year, and employs 1,000 people. Tovarna na piano, established in 1997, … Read moreHow Old is my Petrof Piano?

How Old is my Scheidmayer & Sohne Piano?

A reputable clavichord maker, Balthasar Scheidmayer is reported to have made his first grand piano in 1735 at Erlangen in Germany. To the end of the century both Schiedmayer firms would continue to build on their  success of their forefathers, independently achieving recognition for their fine instruments. In 1969 the two branches merge and produced … Read moreHow Old is my Scheidmayer & Sohne Piano?

How old is my Steingraeber & Sohne Piano?

Heinrich Hermann, Burkhard’s son-in-law, became head of the firm in 1920 and his nephew Heinrich Schmidt took the reins in 1951. The Schmidt-Steingraeber family still runs the company today. In 2002 Steingraeber & Sohne unveiled a new concert grand, in celebration of their 150-year jubille, with the serial number 44000. Steingraeber & Sohne make custom-made … Read moreHow old is my Steingraeber & Sohne Piano?

How old is my Yamaha Piano

                    In 1987, to celebrate its centennial, Nippon Gakki change its name to the Yamaha Corporation. Today it is the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the world, producing about 130,000 pianos a year. Dates and serial numbers when the pianos were manufactured  1920 2100 1930 10163 1940 31900 1950 44200 1960 122000 1970 980000 1980 … Read moreHow old is my Yamaha Piano