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#315414 - 02/19/06 05:25 PM Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
JoanF Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
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Loc: Arizona
Help. I'm looking into buying a grand piano and will want to sell my Baldwin studio upright after I get the new one. I've looked everywhere I can think of, and still can't find a serial number. There is a paper label on the back that says made by Baldwin USA, and a list of patent numbers, but no serial number.

My original warranty has a handwritten serial number, which is the same as a number molded into the board. I know this is not right. When I put that number into a search, it tells me the manufacter date is "after 1994." I've owned the piano since 1977! I'm assuming the dealer couldn't find the serial number, either.

Any ideas where I might look next?
Thanks

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#315415 - 02/19/06 05:35 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
curry Offline
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Registered: 08/17/02
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Is this a Hamilton? Give me the number on the piano. I will tell you. Baldwin numbers their uprights and grands separately.
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Dampp-Chaser installations, piano appraisals. PTG S.Jersey Chapter 080.
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#315416 - 02/19/06 06:08 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
bellspiano Offline
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Hi, Joan --

I can't really tell where you looked in the first place, but Baldwin upright serial numbers are usually very apparent once you lift up the top of the piano. The back of the piano is also a common place. Where did you find the one "molded into the board"?

I think your number is right and your search was based on incorrect information. (Dealers always can find the serial number, it's how they keep track of their inventory.) Post the number and Curry will help you.
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#315417 - 02/19/06 06:47 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
Cy Shuster, RPT Offline
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Loc: Albuquerque, NM
Here are some ideas:
http://www.pianoatlas.com/serial.html

I'd tend to believe the number on the warranty; that's important to the dealer. What is that number?

In 1977, most Baldwins started with serial number 217,853. Acrosonics started with 1,104,802.

--Cy--
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#315418 - 02/19/06 08:40 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
curry Offline
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Cy, Hamiltons, 248's, and 6000 verticals are numbered separately. In 1977 these pianos started at 312,534
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Dampp-Chaser installations, piano appraisals. PTG S.Jersey Chapter 080.
Bösendorfer 214 # 47,299 214-358

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#315419 - 02/19/06 09:29 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
Cy Shuster, RPT Offline
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Thanks, Curry. I forgot you have to look all over the book for those numbers...

--Cy--
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#315420 - 02/20/06 12:04 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
JoanF Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 50
Loc: Arizona
The plate says Baldwin, not Hamilton or Acrosonic. The warrany says it is Style 806, Serial Number 1075536. This number is inside the piano near the top of the board, in the space between the bass and treble strings.

The dealer told me it is a studio upright rather than a spinet, but I've not seen that designation in any lists of Baldwin pianos.

Joan

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#315421 - 02/20/06 01:13 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
curry Offline
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It was made in 1976.
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G.Fiore "aka-Curry". Tuner-Technician serving the central NJ, S.E. PA area. b214cm@aol.com Concert tuning, Regulation-voicing specialist.
Dampp-Chaser installations, piano appraisals. PTG S.Jersey Chapter 080.
Bösendorfer 214 # 47,299 214-358

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#315422 - 02/20/06 01:30 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
JoanF Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
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Loc: Arizona
Thanks, Curry. I was pretty sure of the year because I bought it new at the beginning of 1977. I just thought a prospective buyer would like to have the serial number to do his/her own research.

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#315423 - 02/23/06 08:26 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
JoanF Offline
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Loc: Arizona
Curry, do you have any other information besides the manufacture date? At the time I bought the piano, the dealer assured me it was a studio, not a spinet. In fact, he made that a major selling point. (I bought the piano because I liked the sound of it). Anyway, I've been reading Larry Fine's book and looking at some things on my piano, and it looks like it really is a spinet. I know that would affect the selling price, but don't know by how much.

Thanks for any information you can give me.

Joan

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#315424 - 02/23/06 09:21 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
curry Offline
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Registered: 08/17/02
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Loc: Hamilton Twp, NJ
It's an 806. Is it 40" 42", or 45". Measure it from bottom to top.
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G.Fiore "aka-Curry". Tuner-Technician serving the central NJ, S.E. PA area. b214cm@aol.com Concert tuning, Regulation-voicing specialist.
Dampp-Chaser installations, piano appraisals. PTG S.Jersey Chapter 080.
Bösendorfer 214 # 47,299 214-358

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#315425 - 02/23/06 10:28 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
JoanF Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 50
Loc: Arizona
It's 40". Also, it's a continental style. No legs under the front of the keyboard. Don't know if that makes any difference.

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#315426 - 02/23/06 11:02 PM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
curry Offline
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Registered: 08/17/02
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Loc: Hamilton Twp, NJ
It's a console.
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G.Fiore "aka-Curry". Tuner-Technician serving the central NJ, S.E. PA area. b214cm@aol.com Concert tuning, Regulation-voicing specialist.
Dampp-Chaser installations, piano appraisals. PTG S.Jersey Chapter 080.
Bösendorfer 214 # 47,299 214-358

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#315427 - 02/26/06 05:01 AM Re: Can't find the serial number on my Baldwin upright
JoanF Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 50
Loc: Arizona
Thanks, Curry. Now all I have to do is buy a better piano so I can start trying to sell this one.

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