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 more How 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 more How Old is my Leipziger Pianofortefabrik 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 more How 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 more How 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 more How old is my Yamaha Piano