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Style and construction are strong indicators of the general period a piano was made.
The earliest pianos are all petite in appearance, generally shallow in case height, and less than 5 feet long.
Fortunately for the researcher, the majority of early pianos by the principle makers were dated on the nameboards, removing much doubt of when they were made.
An example of a Beck signed and dated 1777 on the soundboard but 1778 on the nameboard simply indicates a late year production.
- Factory fires, floods, disasters of other kinds, the paper and metal drives of the Second War, the fact that most industry people have been businessmen rather than historians have led to a lamentable lack of documentation on pianos. For most of the older instruments, this is simply a point of interest.
For others, serial number dating can be the confirmation to purchase the item, or steer clear of it and purchase something else.
The reality is that this is not always possible, even for pianos made for very well known firms.
With the understanding that the information presented here is subject to refinement and updating, we will begin with a few of the better known firms and move to the lesser known pianos as information builds up.
Because of this, sometimes the serial number, especially on older, rebuilt pianos, gets painted over or otherwise removed.This is why there are several atlas publications one can purchase.Some cover the serial numbers of instruments from other continents in a more complete way than the domestic publication.Do not rely on the name that is printed on the fall board as this does not guarantee the name of the manufacturer.Some serial numbers are printed on the back board of vertical pianos and require you to move the piano out from the wall.