The serial number may be to the right or the left, or in the middle. You are looking for a number like those shown here. A few Beale pianos were also made in this time. Chickering did not begin applying case numbers until after this period. Once you know the name brand of your piano, you will need to find the serial number.
From the Annandale Hotel , which was in the same suburb as the Beale manufacturing factory. It has dual brass candle stick holders either side at the front. Isermann is a guy in Germany who made excellent piano actions that most major piano manufacturers purchased from him and his son post 1870 in the mid to late 1800s. Just the other day, I tuned an upright Beale Piano at Banksia Park Primary School in Adelaide, the tuning system was as tight as the day the piano was built. The following brands have been in use or are in development by Gibson, since 2003: A. World War 1 put a spanner in the works — less accurate records and production diverted to the war effort. On the plus side — thanks to the steel plate, once in tune they stay in tune for twice as long 1-2 years.
Over 12,000 piano names are included, some dating back to the early eighteen hundreds. If you have the serial number, you can use the tool below to find out the age of your Beale. We provide our customers with the following real-life diagrams to quickly help them find the serial number on their grand or upright piano. The serial number may be stamped on the front of the frame's wooden base, immediately under the keys. Nothing was working, and I wanted a project.
Then we found a guy who did a great job. I looked up Beale to ascertain the weight of my Pianola as they are very solid and heavy which I would guess are well over 1 or 2 cwt as I am having a bridge built to house over a moat and it needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight. Factories were located at East Rochester N. Regis, Sargent, Schroeder, Valley Gem, Winton, and. We tune, repair, restore and sell new and refurbished pianos. If it is an older Australian made one, then it has the unique iron tuning system, which is both good and bad.
He died in 1930 at eighty years of age in a car accident in New South Wales. Wertheim was a competitor to Beale, based in Melbourne, and followed a similar business plan at around the same time as Beale. The Beale Piano Company rose to be the largest piano manufacturer in the British Empire at one stage, producing more than 90,000 pianos from 1893 to 1975. I have included a recording of our 100 year old Beale in the article. Then we found another guy who after 8 years of not being tuned had our Beale in concert pitch in about 2 hours without breaking anything. For other information about locating the Serial Number, go to.
We have an upright grand large upright Beale that is over 100 years old, with the massive steel plate. So your piano probably turns 115 this year. It has been in our family for 49 years and played occaisionally. Your serial number is 5,000 before 16448 which is in 1904, so I would say before 1900. The first guy we tried was terrible — broke strings and so on. Each piano that carries the name Baldwin, is a piece of that legacy which has contributed to American piano history and manufacturing.
So, I probably won't answer the phone. Pianos also have other numbers printed on them such as part numbers and many other pianos do not have a serial number at all. To look at some our restoration work, click here and to check out our pianos for sale, see We also have a separate website for our Melbourne service, see:. Baldwin, the name has always been one of the most widely renowned names in the American piano industry and history. Your piano is at least 110 years old. It has been regularly tuned and since I am here at Bali, surely protected against corrosion and creepy crawlies. Would Beale be similar or very different? Beale Serial Numbers The serial numbers below are the first piano made in the year shown.
. If you cannot locate the serial number here, but you locate a 4- or 3-digit number elsewhere on a piano of this era typically hidden from view , this is the case number, not the serial number. In general though, the serial number is near the top of the piano — typically under the top cover on the left hand side stamped into the timber. We inherrited a Beale piano and wanted to know its age. You can look up a free piano serial number history search from this page see list of manufacturers, below. It is a special skill that surprisingly few piano tuners have.
After lifting up the lid, look along the top front area of the plate. The piano below dates to circa 1900. By necessity, I prioritize everything in my life. Look to the right or to the left. We hope this was helpful, if you are still stumped, give us a call and we will help. By this time everyone got into the act, and every piano maker so manufactured a player of some sort.