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#2011690 - 01/09/13 12:33 PM Strich & Zeidler Piano Age
TSM35 Offline
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I recently inherited my paternal great grandmother's piano. It's a Strich & Zeidler upright serial number 10192. I was curious if anyone has a way to verify the age by the serial number. I believe it was produced in 1900 but I'm not certain.

She was the original owner so learning as much as possible about the piano has personal importance. My maternal grandmother had a Steinway baby grand so the S&Z was ignored for decades and no one held on to documentation. The good news is it's in remarkable condition.

Thanks in advance!

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#2011993 - 01/10/13 12:09 AM Re: Strich & Zeidler Piano Age [Re: TSM35]
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Strich & Zeidler Piano Co. was established in 1889 by William Strich at 134th and Brook, New York City. They also made Homer brand pianos. By the mid 1920's, the factory was located at 740-742 E. 136th St., NYC.

In 1900, the first serial number was 10,000, and by 1901, they were up to 14,000, so 1900 is right.

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#2012273 - 01/10/13 01:39 PM Re: Strich & Zeidler Piano Age [Re: Cy Shuster, RPT]
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Many thanks for the confirmation. It seems amazing that they produced 4,000 pianos in one year. It's an amazing instrument.

#2012284 - 01/10/13 02:12 PM Re: Strich & Zeidler Piano Age [Re: TSM35]
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Hi TSM35 - Welcome to Piano World!

Is it possible to post a photo of the piano? It has sparked my curiosity and I'm sure that of others, also.

Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

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#2012514 - 01/10/13 10:22 PM Re: Strich & Zeidler Piano Age [Re: TSM35]
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Originally Posted By: TSM35
Many thanks for the confirmation. It seems amazing that they produced 4,000 pianos in one year. It's an amazing instrument.
No one said they actually produced 4000 pianos in their first year. That would be highly unlikely. They probably only built a few hundred pianos in the first year, if that. As Cy mentioned, they started out production at serial # 10,000. The following year they started with serial # 14,000. Companies often did this to create the impression of being a large, flourishing enterprise.
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