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#118463 - 10/05/07 07:38 PM Kimball serial number
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What's the website to find out the age and model of a kimball?
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#118464 - 10/05/07 10:28 PM Re: Kimball serial number
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Post the serial number here and one of us with a copy of the Pierce Piano Atlas can look up the year of manufacture for you.

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#118465 - 10/05/07 11:23 PM Re: Kimball serial number
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Originally posted by BruceD:
Post the serial number here and one of us with a copy of the Pierce Piano Atlas can look up the year of manufacture for you.

Regards, [/b]
A19576...now is that correct, because I think serial numbers are just numbers right? But that's all I could find, it was on the back like stamped into the wood. If it helps it's an artist console (probably 40") and should date to around the 1950s...but I honestly don't know what age it is.
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#118466 - 10/05/07 11:40 PM Re: Kimball serial number
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That number can not be right. The last time they made a five digit Serial was in the 1890's In the 50's they are around 571300
Look inside for a longer number.

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#118467 - 10/05/07 11:47 PM Re: Kimball serial number
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Originally posted by VGrantano:
That number can not be right. The last time they made a five digit Serial was in the 1890's In the 50's they are around 571300
Look inside for a longer number. [/b]
Any ideas where? Only thing I saw was on the action...would it be there?
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#118468 - 10/06/07 03:08 AM Re: Kimball serial number
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A19576 would be 1976.
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#118469 - 10/06/07 11:21 AM Re: Kimball serial number
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Yes, I agree with BDB : A19576 was made in 1976, according to Pierce

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#118470 - 10/06/07 11:28 AM Re: Kimball serial number
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 Quote:
Originally posted by VGrantano:
That number can not be right. The last time they made a five digit Serial was in the 1890's In the 50's they are around 571300
Look inside for a longer number. [/b]
According to Pierce :
"Since 1976 Kimball serial numbers are preceded by a letter; letters stand for: R=Kimball Brand, J=Jasper American private label, C=Conn, T=Misc. Kimball brand. Production of Grands stopped early 1996 and Verticals in April 1996."

There are also A, S, B, D, numbers, but Pierce does not indicate what they stand for. All of these letter-preceded serial numbers are five digit numbers and cover the period from 1976 to 1996.

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#1326853 - 12/16/09 05:23 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: BruceD]
arkent Offline
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It says 1914 on it, but it is an unusual vertical piano.

The Serial Number is 73573

My sister in law has one and needs to sell it.

I've seen some similar with the ornate detail, but not one with the same as this one.

Thanks for your help.

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#1327154 - 12/17/09 12:22 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: arkent]
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It was made about 1900. I am sorry, but the chances are that she will get very little for it. People are giving away more old uprights than there is demand for.
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#1417344 - 04/14/10 06:02 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: BDB]
ahchi Offline
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I just got a Kimball model 5100 s/n A78150.
Does any one know how old would it be and what "A" stands for?
Thanks in advance,
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#1434502 - 05/11/10 03:02 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: ahchi]
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I just found out. my kimball A78150, it is made may 23nd, 1977. There is a date stamp on the back of front panel.
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#1434543 - 05/11/10 03:59 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: ahchi]
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always nice to know when it was made
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#1434794 - 05/11/10 09:43 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: MarthaT]
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It was made in Jasper, Indiana. They also made pianos under other brand names. A means Kimball; J is Jasper, C is Conn. They were making 40,000 pianos a year then!

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#1449063 - 06/02/10 08:59 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: Cy Shuster, RPT]
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I was given a Kimball piano and was wondering if you guys could help me identify it and give me some info. Im pretty sure the serial # is 443096 If thats not it I guess Ill just have to go back and look for another number lol Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time.

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#1457250 - 06/15/10 05:44 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: Steveram]
ahchi Offline
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#1509947 - 09/06/10 09:44 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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Anyone with a Pierce guide able to look up a Kimball Baby Grand Model 5100 Serial D06828 for me? Just curious when and where it was built and approximate current value. It was a gift from some good friends and I want to make sure i insure it properly.
Thank You.
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#1509983 - 09/06/10 10:32 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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It dates to about 1981. Value depends on overall size, front to back, and current condition. Ask your tuner to give you a rough idea.

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#1522016 - 09/24/10 06:54 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
jaritchie Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
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Could someone tell me what the age is for my Kimball piano?
Model # 406P
Serial # T37858

Thanks!
Jason

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#1538492 - 10/19/10 12:25 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
nykyly Offline
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Would someone be willing to look up the age for a Kimball Model# 4235 Serial#B44349
Much appreciated!
Nykyly

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#1703989 - 06/29/11 01:27 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
cococat Offline
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Can anyone help me find some info on my newly inherited piano. It is a Kimball serial Number : 183565. Thankyou.

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#1703991 - 06/29/11 01:31 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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Can anyone help me know alittle more about my piano that I inherited. It is a Kimball serial number 183565. Thanks

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#1703993 - 06/29/11 01:32 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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1915. Probably too old to have any value other than sentimental.
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#1745970 - 09/03/11 10:53 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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These posts are so helpful. I am hunting around for pianos in my rural area. I just looked at a Kimball Baby Grand at a church. They are selling it because they prefer their digital piano. It has been sitting collecting dust for a while. All the keys and pedals work, but the cabinet is showing wear. They are asking $1950. They don't know much about it, so I'm trying to find out more about it. 403881 is the only number I could find and it was just behind the music desk. Seems like the price might be a little high given its dusty and dinged-up condition. However, it is a working piano! Is it worth dragging a technician to see it? (About an hour drive.) Or should I just walk away. BTW, I am buying a piano basically for fun. I am not a serious musician, although I play. My daughter (7 year old) is about to start lessons. My house is very old, and although it is well-insulated, I don't want the burden of owning too nice a piano. My budget is $5,000. But in my part of the world, the pianos are either $20,000 grands of considerable size or sort of junkers! Any tips would be appreciated. I am amazed by this site and the wealth of knowledge. Thanks piano experts!

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#1746040 - 09/04/11 12:50 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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Kimball grand pianos are variable in quality, so for the most part, I would not recommend buying one without expert help. Most of them are not very good quality, however, so it may not be worth your while, particularly for a piano that has been in a public area like a church. That serial number dates from 1935, which makes it quite old, so I would not expect much from it.
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#1756788 - 09/21/11 05:32 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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A lady at work is selling her Kimball upright Piano that I was interested in getting for my wife so she can start playing again. It has the serial number 977868, could anyone please tell me what year this is and is $350 is a good price or not. We went and looked at it and it is in good condition aesthetically and all of the keys and pedals function well.

Thank you for your help!

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#1756794 - 09/21/11 05:40 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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It was made about 1976, and it is probably a decent piano, but how good a price it is depends on what model. In particular, it would be particularly good if it were 45" tall, not quite so good if it were about 3" shorter, and about average if it were shorter than that.
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#1756795 - 09/21/11 05:42 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: BDB]
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Thank you! I will get a measurement tonight on the height. I got depth and width dimensions but did not think about height.

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#1757294 - 09/22/11 11:41 AM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: The Godfather]
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41", but sitting on carpet, so possibly 42".

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#1757538 - 09/22/11 05:30 PM Re: Kimball serial number [Re: kwchang007]
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Francophile, with your budget you are very close to affording a better-quality, new, in-warranty upright: for example, Charles Walter 1500, or Kawai K-3, etc.

If you're looking for Kimballs, I would only say, "Don't." I grew up with one and could not recommend the make as a musical instrument. The cabinet looked nice, though. Kimball sold a lot of not-so-good pianos, but they were actually a furniture-making company.
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