How Old is my August Forster Piano?

August Forster currently produce six models of upright piano from 4 feet, 6 inches (116cm) high to 4feet, 9 inches (125cm) high, and five models of grand piano ranging from 5 feet, 7 inches (170cm) to 9 feet (275cm) long.

Essentially a conventional grand piano, the Elektrochord used two strings per note, except for the bottom eight notes. Only one string struck  by the hammer; the other string, which is shorter and set at a much lower tension, is allowed to vibrate in sympathy. Electrostatic pickups placed on different parts of this string can be set both vertically and horizontally to achieve a wide range of tones and attack characteristics. As an optional extra the Elektrochord could be fitted with a radio or gramophone.

 

Dates and serial numbers when the pianos were manufactured  

 

1873 900
1880 1700
1898 10000
1904 15000
1910 25000
1924 50000
1929 60000
1937 73000
1960 122500
1970 140500
1980 154000
1990 160000
2000 162600