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#1216718 - 06/13/09 08:35 AM Baldwin Hamilton 234
Randy Smith Offline
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Registered: 06/29/08
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Can anyone tell me the year of a baldwin hamilton 243 with serial number 480521. THanks so much.

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#1216758 - 06/13/09 11:15 AM Re: Baldwin Hamilton 234 [Re: Randy Smith]
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This piano that you are referring to was built in late 2000.

It sure looks like a good deal to me. (I'm not actively shopping for another piano right now, but when the time comes I will be looking for a deal AT LEAST as good or better, as that piano (at its starting bid price) has raised the bar for me for minimum acceptable price to quality ratio.)
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1950 (#144211) Baldwin Hamilton
1956 (#167714) Baldwin Hamilton
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#1216792 - 06/13/09 12:50 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton 234 [Re: 88Key_PianoPlayer]
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So would you mind looking closely at the picture-of the serial number? Why do you suppose the plate where the serial number is looks stapled on- and the wood cracked behind it- also what do you think of the pic of the crack in the leg? Thanks for your input-I'm a little skeptical

#1216920 - 06/13/09 05:10 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton 234 [Re: Randy Smith]
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Don' worry about the serial number plate being stapled on. I own a piano identical to this one, down to the year, style and finish. My plate is also stapled on, and what you're seeing as a crack is actually the top of the lock mechanism on the side. This is definitely a 243HP --A.K.A. Baldwin Hamilton. $500 is incredibly cheap for this piano unless it has some major issues. Larry Larson
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#1217012 - 06/13/09 09:04 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton 234 [Re: Larry Larson]
Randy Smith Offline
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thanks for your advice, it is very helpful. I'm really thinking about taking a chance on it-

#1217017 - 06/13/09 09:20 PM Re: Baldwin Hamilton 234 [Re: Randy Smith]
Bob Offline
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Have a Tech check the piano out before you buy. The price sends up red flags. Look how unevenly spaced the hammers are. The hammers will need to be shaped to remove the string grooves, then aligned properly to the strings. Some of the strings need alignment as well. If this piano has bad hammer shanks, the hammer alignment will change from summer to winter as the shanks twist with humidity changes. Even with those issues, $500 is a steal.


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