Baldwin Pianos

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Baldwin Pianos are a musical legacy that for over a century, continues to live on. Each piano that carries the name Baldwin, is a piece of that legacy which has contributed to American piano history and manufacturing.

Company History

The company was founded by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1862.  Also known as D.H. Baldwin, the name has always been one of the most widely renowned names in the American piano industry and history.

The company originally began as a retail enterprise, who sold Steinway and Chickering pianos. They began manufacturing their own pianos in 1889, as "D.H. Baldwin & Co." In 1903, shortly after the founder's death, the name became the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co.

Baldwin also manufactured pianos under the names Acrosonic, Chickering, Ellington, Franke, Hamilton, Howard, Kremlin, Manualo, Modello, Monarch, St. Regis, Sargent, Schroeder, Valley Gem, Winton, and Wurlitzer.

Recognition and Design

In 1904, the Baldwin piano was awarded the Grand Prize at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., and another Grand Prize was also awarded to the Baldwin pianos and Manualos at the Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914.

The Baldwin piano is recognized as a universal favorite between the leading operatic artists and virtuosos of the pianoforte.

The Baldwin Grand Piano, which was designed, manufactured and guaranteed by the Baldwin Company in Loveland, Ohio, is exclusively enjoyed by top tier of artists in all areas of musical expression – ranging from pianists, composers, conductors, singers, and instrumentalists - as well as outstanding symphony orchestras all over the globe.


Baldwin Pianos:
Modern Times

Baldwin purchased the Wurlitzer and Chickering names in 1988, but in 2008, both names ceased production. Samick (Korea) manufactured pianos with the DH Baldwin name in the 1980s, as pianos were purchased by Baldwin and sold through Baldwin dealers.

Around the decade of the 1990’s, the company was sold and relocated to Arkansas and Missouri. Today, Baldwin is owned by the famous Gibson Guitar Company (in 2001).

The following brands have been in use or are in development by Gibson, since 2003: A.B. Chase, Aeolian, Ampico, DH Baldwin (built in Arkansas since 2004, discontinued in 2008), Cable, Ellington (2003, made in China), Hamilton, Howard grand pianos, Ivers & Pond, J & C Fischer, Kranich & Bach, Monarch, Mozart, Pianola, Pianovelle, Sargent.

In 2006/2007, Gibson purchased the Dongbei Piano Group, the third biggest Chinese piano maker in the world.

In 2008, Baldwin moved all production of pianos to factories in China (owned by Gibson Guitars, Nashville, TN). Pianos are manufactured there for the US market, the Chinese domestic market, and other international piano markets.

Baldwin ceased piano production at its only remaining U.S. factory in Trumann, Arkansas in December 2008. This facility remains open as a US distribution and service center.

Without any doubt and dispute, from the nine-foot concert grand to the five feet, two inch baby grand, every Baldwin piano demonstrates the most modern ideas of acoustical science and piano making; its manufacture is precision engineered, which gives each instrument the highest degree of excellence. Any Baldwin made piano is worth the time, money and energy to rebuild or refurbish.


Baldwin Piano
Serial Numbers / Piano Age

Find the age of your Baldwin piano using the serial number chart found below.

1890 - 1100
1895 - 6000
1900 - 10400
1905 - 12300
1910 - 16400
1915 - 24000
1920 - 35800
1925 - 48000
1930 - 63000
1935 - 74600
1940 - 88700
1943 - 102000
1948 - 105000
1950 - 110243
1955 - 128167
1960 - 145002
1961 - 148635
1962 - 152706
1963 - 156591
1964 - 160868
1965 - 165701
1967 - 175821
1968 - 179702
1969 - 184661
1970 - 190028
1971 - 192401
1972 - 195485
1973 - 199649
1974 - 204113
1975 - 208742
1976 - 213470
1977 - 217853
1979 - 228858
1980 - 236654
1981 - 242984
1982 - 248306
1983 - 253274
1984 - 257293
1985 - 262256
1986 - 266329
1987 - 270416
1988 - 278556
1989 - 284228
1990 - 290656
1991 - 293772
1992 - 301774
1993 - 305110
1994 - 310000
1995 - 313000
1996 - 316000
2000 - 366583
2001 - 377023
2002 - 380584
2005 - 383836
2006 - 384472
2008 - 386496

Baldwin vertical pianos, serial numbers: Models up to 42" tall

1984 - 1343955
1989 - 1453070
1994 - 1521569
1999 - 1556889
2005 - 1575074
2008 - 1577265

Vertical piano serial numbers: Model 248A Pro, 48" tall

1990 - 427993
1991 - 435212
1992 - 440915
1993 - 445623
1994 - See numbers below

Baldwin vertical pianos 44" tall and up: Models 6000, 5050, 248 (after 1993), 243

1984 - 387119
1989 - 416254
1994 - 450198
1999 - 474091
2004 - 485396
2008 - 486686

Baldwin Acrosonic serial numbers

1895 - 2000
1900 - 9000
1905 - 31000
1910 - 57000
1915 - 83000
1920 - 127000
1925 - 172000
1930 - 217000
1935 - 251000
1940 - 304000
1946 - 365000
1947 - 385000
1950 - 450300
1955 - 559490
1960 - 679844
1965 - 784017
1970 - 912986
1975 - 1035719
1980 - 1220374
1985 - 1365505
1990 - 1470443
1995 - 1529416
2000 - 1563029
2005 - 1575074
2008 - 1577265


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