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#2084048 - 05/17/13 08:09 AM Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners
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Registered: 04/09/13
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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!
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#2084089 - 05/17/13 09:43 AM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
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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

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#2084164 - 05/17/13 12:58 PM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
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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
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#2084724 - 05/18/13 12:10 PM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
thepianoman2020 Offline
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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.
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#2084755 - 05/18/13 01:11 PM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
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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
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#2085687 - 05/20/13 10:57 AM Re: Hamilton by Baldwin Studio Upright owners [Re: thepianoman2020]
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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.
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