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#1988031 - 11/18/12 04:25 AM How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed
Suzana Offline
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I grew up with a piano that was my mom's when she was a kid. It says "product of Baldwin" on the brass plate to the right of the harp, and just to the front and right of that is a number, 259564, but I am not sure what it is. Can you help me? It it a beautiful instrument with a lovely sound. Thanks

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#1988200 - 11/18/12 03:21 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: Suzana]
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The piano left the factory in 1984. It might be a Hamilton or one of the many other brand names sold by Baldwin.

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#1988210 - 11/18/12 03:54 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: Suzana]
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It is not a Baldwin. It is one of the lesser brands made by Baldwin. If it were a Baldwin, it would have it cast into the plate, not on the little medallion. There are several different series of serial numbers that were used for such pianos, but it would have been made long before 1984.
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#1988219 - 11/18/12 04:15 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: Suzana]
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It was probably made about 1935.
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#1988241 - 11/18/12 05:22 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: Suzana]
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From the Bluebook of Pianos........

ACROSONIC (Baldwin Uprights and Verticals, Classic, Ellington, Franke, Howard before 1959, Kremlin, Manuelo, Modello, Monarch, St. Regis, Sargent, Schroeder, Valley Gem and Winton). All Baldwin Upright or Vertical Pianos - Does not include Hamilton Studios or Baldwin Grand Pianos.

1895-2000 1917-100000 1935-251000 1955-559490 1973- 979129
1900-9000 1918-109000 1936-265000 1956-585454 1974-1007687
1901-12000 1919-118000 1937-275000 1957-610502 1975-1035719
1902-16000 1920-127000 1938-290000 1958-632951 1976-1067508
1903-21000 1921-136000 1939-301000 1959-655948 1977-1104802
1904-26000 1922-145000 1940-304000 1960-679844 1978-1135737
1905-31000 1923-154000 1941-307000 1961-702806 1979-1180266
1906-36000 1924-162000 1942-314000 1962-723778 1980-1220374
1907-41000 1925-172000 1943-333000 1963-743772 1981-1253176
1908-46500 1926-182000 1946-365000 1964-763143 1982-1286178
1909-52000 1927-192000 1947-385000 1965-784017 1983-1324487
1910-57000 1928-200000 1948-401000 1966-803727 1984-1343955
1911-62000 1929-210000 1949-438000 1967-831583 1985-1365505
1912-67000 1930-217000 1950-450300 1968-851540 1986-1383187
1913-72000 1931-223000 1951-466250 1969-881087 1987-1406054
1914-77000 1932-232000 1952-488364 1970-912986 1988-1430796
1915-83000 1933-238000 1953-503000 1971-933476 1989-1453070
1916-91000 1934-247000 1954-535801 1972-953937 1990-1470443
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#1988294 - 11/18/12 08:36 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: BDB]
Suzana Offline
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It IS cast into the plate

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#1988306 - 11/18/12 09:28 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: Suzana]
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If the hitch pins, the pins that the far end of the strings go around, are roll pins vertical in the plate, with the end of the string off the plate, then it is a real Baldwin, made in 1984. If it is not, it is another one of their labels, probably about 1935.

If it has never been refinished, the name Baldwin should be on the fallboard above the keys. It is not likely that a piano from 1984 would be refinished.
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#1988332 - 11/18/12 11:32 PM Re: How to determine the age of a Baldwin...help needed [Re: Suzana]
Carey Offline
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Suzana -

Was your Mom a "kid" in the late 1980s?? grin

Or is this an older instrument??
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