Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
Who's Online
146 registered (Alexander Borro, ajames, ando, ABC Vermonter, anamnesis, A Guy, 37 invisible), 1676 Guests and 18 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#2084048 - 05/17/13 08:09 AM Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners
thepianoman2020 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 8
Loc: VA
Hello all,

I am looking to connect with others who have the same type of piano that I have. I have a Hamilton by Baldwin studio upright at 44". The serial number starts with a '18' and I believe it was manufactured in the late 1950s. It is a very light brown color.

I look forward to hearing from other piano enthusiasts!
_________________________
Nate Ellis
Aspiring piano technician
Singer-songwriter
"The only thing that I try to do when I compose is to make it [the music] say simply and directly that which is in my heart."
-Sergei Rachmaninoff

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

 

#2084089 - 05/17/13 09:43 AM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8585
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi Nate, and welcome to the Piano World Forums!

I too have a Baldwin 243 studio, but it is a bit newer than yours... mine is mid-1980's model; the serial # is 385316.

I bought it from a local college through the state surplus sale program. The cabinet is a little scratched up from being moved around, but the insides are in great condition. I like the tone and the touch... and I pound on it pretty hard at times.

I come close to buying a Baldwin 6000 upright several months ago, but it was in pretty rough shape. Thing is, from the middle register up, the 6000 did not sound any better than the 243 to my ears; however, the low bass on the 6000 had it beat by a long shot. However, you don't play the low bass all time. smile

From reading your signature, seems like you and I have some things in commom. smile

All the best,

Rick

_________________________
Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

Top
#2084164 - 05/17/13 12:58 PM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
shaolin95 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/12/11
Posts: 477
Well I am an ex-owner of a 67 one and it was a very fine instrument. Very nice crisp sound and which it was still on that other room but I needed the cash after the grand . smile
_________________________
*Young Chang Y185 6'-1"

*Baldwin Hamilton Studio '67 (gone)

*Young Chang Y150 (Del F design) (gone)

Top
#2084724 - 05/18/13 12:10 PM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
thepianoman2020 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 8
Loc: VA
I had bought mine from a local piano store. It had been in the choir practice room of a church and was in pretty OK shape. It is my first acoustic piano that I have ever had. I grew up playing on a Yamaha digital that my parents had gotten me and when I tried to repair it last year (subsequently breaking it...oooops), I said to myself that it was time to graduate to a real piano. I also saw the opportunity to learn how to repair, regulate, and tune it. The poor thing had dust, grime, mold, and crayon marks on the soundboard. I have taken it upon myself to give it new life and have been happy ever since. It has a really nice tone and color, but the mid range can be tinny sounding, I think due to cracks in the bridge. I can't take on any soundboard, string, or bridge repair at the moment, but I have replaced almost every action part. For my very first piano purchase, my Hamilton has offered me a lot more than just an instrument.
_________________________
Nate Ellis
Aspiring piano technician
Singer-songwriter
"The only thing that I try to do when I compose is to make it [the music] say simply and directly that which is in my heart."
-Sergei Rachmaninoff

Top
#2084755 - 05/18/13 01:11 PM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8585
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: thepianoman2020
It has a really nice tone and color, but the mid range can be tinny sounding, I think due to cracks in the bridge.

When I buy any piano, I take a really close look at the bridges at the bridge pins. The small, hairline cracks can usually be seen if you look closely.

I've acquired a couple of old uprights in the past with small cracks in the bridges... you can loosen the strings and move them out of the way and use a good quality epoxy and fill the cracks. That will last a while and perhaps prevent further cracking.

A crack in the sound board is not good, but usually not the end of the world, if it doesn't buzz or rattle.

As my piano tech skills mature and develop, I've learned that newer is usually better, when it comes to pianos. smile

Good luck!

Rick
_________________________
Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

Top
#2085687 - 05/20/13 10:57 AM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
thepianoman2020 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 8
Loc: VA
I plan on keeping this piano for a long time, but my next piano purchase will be a newer model or even a grand (but that is a long time from now!). I've put a lot of time, money, and effort into repairs and such, so I hope to get many more years of use out of it. I might try doing some bridge, soundboard, and string repair work at some point, but I just don't have the skills or space to take on projects like that.
_________________________
Nate Ellis
Aspiring piano technician
Singer-songwriter
"The only thing that I try to do when I compose is to make it [the music] say simply and directly that which is in my heart."
-Sergei Rachmaninoff

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
Christmas Header
Christmas Lights at Piano World Headquarters in Maine 2014
-------------------
The December Free Piano Newsletter
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Knabe WG48 Opinions?
by stevetothink
12/22/14 10:58 AM
More instruments via MIDI?
by badbob001
12/22/14 10:42 AM
Xmas present
by Jytte
12/22/14 09:29 AM
Bottom of hammer hitting top of damper on upright
by JoeThePro
12/21/14 10:09 PM
Getting better
by Kekewak
12/21/14 07:35 PM
Forum Stats
77391 Members
42 Forums
160052 Topics
2350461 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission