Piano serial numbers identify the (1) age of your piano, the (2) piano's year of manufacture, as well as (3) the circumstances surrounding the production of your piano (including factory history, manufacturing processes, company ownership, etc.)
You can run a free piano serial number history search from this page (see list of manufacturers, below).
Piano serial numbers usually have five to seven digits, but may have fewer or more, depending on the manufacturer and age of your piano. Serial numbers may also include a letter as well.
Here are the TOP FIVE places to locate the serial number on your spinet, console, or upright piano:
Serial number locations are found:
1) On the piano’s gold harp or plate. After lifting up
the lid, look along the top front of the plate. The serial number may be
to the right or the left, or in the middle.
2) Under the opened lid on the ledge, stamped on a little plaque, to the right or to the left.
3) Stamped on the back of the piano; near the top of the wood frame.
4) Printed on one of the hammers, found on either end of the piano (newer or imported pianos).
5) Printed on one the keys - behind the nameboard, inside the piano (newer or imported pianos).
Here are the TOP FIVE places to locate the serial number on your BABY GRAND or GRAND piano:
Note: You may have to remove the (1) music desk first and then (2) gently clean off any dust from your piano's plate [using a soft dry cloth] before these numbers can be found.
Serial number locations are found:
1) On the piano’s gold harp or plate, near the tuning pins, as you face the keys. Look to the right or to the left.
2) The Capo d'astro bar. Located on the right, this acts as a bridge to the 'ribs' of the gold plate.
3) On the piano's soundboard. (see link above for a diagram)
4) On the plate underneath the piano's lid, opposite side from the keys.
5) On the back of the keyslip [located directly in front of the keys]. (On older pianos, you must unscrew 3-5 screws to remove the keyslip. The serial number can be found here, or directly behind the keyslip, on the keyframe.)
Scroll down below to find the (1) manufacturer of your piano, and then (2) click on the link to find the serial number.
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