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Which brands do we buy?

Which brands do we buy?

Quite simply we are interested in all pianos, from fine older British instruments to modern pianos from Europe, Japan and beyond. 

Examples of lovely old English pianos include Knight, John Broadwood & Sons, Welmar, Kemble, Chappell, Challen, Bentley, Marshall & Rose, or George Rogers & Sons piano. If you have one to sell, then please contact our piano manager and if your piano make is not mentioned here then we would love for you to get in touch and put us right! 

Of course, we are also interested in pianos by Yamaha, Kawai, Bechstein, Bluthner, Bosendorfer, Steinway, Boston, Irmler, Ronnisch, Grotrian-Steinweg, Petrof, and many more.

How old is my Yamaha piano?

Year 

Upright

Grand

1917

1700

 

1918

1800

 

1919

1900

 

1920

2100

 

1921

2650

 

1922

3150

 

1923

3650

 

1924

4250

 

1925

4950

 

1926

5700

 

1927

6500

 

1928

7751

 

1929

8928

 

1930

10163

 

1931

11719

 

1932

13368

 

1933

15182

 

1934

17939

 

1935

19895

 

1936

22397

 

1937

25158

 

1938

28000

 

1939

30000

 

1940

31900

 

1941

33800

 

1942

35600

 

1943

37000

 

1944

38000

 

1945

38550

 

1946

N/A

 

1947

40000

 

1948

40075

 

1949

40675

 

1950

42073

 

1951

44262

 

1952

47675

 

1953

51266

 

1954

57057

 

1955

63400

 

1956

69300

 

1957

77000

 

1958

89000

 

1959

102000

 

1960

124000

 

1961

149000

 

1962

188000

 

1963

237000

 

1964

298000

 

1965

368000

 

1966

489000

 

1967

570000

 

1968

685000

 

1969

805000

 

1970

960000

 

1971

1130000

 

1972

1317500

1358500

1973

1510500

1538500

1974

1745000

1753500

1975

1945000

1935000

1976

2154000

2153000

1977

2384000

2362000

1978

2585000

2580500

1979

2810500

2848000

1980

3001000

3040000

1981

3261000

3270000

1982

3465000

3490000

1983

3646200

3710500

1984

3832200

3891600

1985

3987600

4040700

1986

4156500

4214600

1987

4334800

4351100

1988

4491300

4561000

1989

4672700

4671400

1990

4837200

4810900

1991

4967900

4951200

1992

5086800

5071800

1993

5204100

5181400

1994

5296400

5291500

1995

5375000

5368000

1996

5446000

5448000

1997

5530000

5502000

1998

5579000

5588000

1999

5792000

5810000

2000

5860000

 

2001

5920000

 

2002

5970000

 

2003

6020000

 

2004

6060000

 

2005

6100000

 

2006

6145000

 

2007

6191000

 

2008

6220000

 

2009

6250000

 

2010

6280000

 

2011

6310000

 

2012

6340000

 

2013

6360000

 

2014

6380000

 

2015

6400000

 

 

Year

Serial No

1999

J1600001

2000

J1700559

2001

J1802250

2002

J1904634

2003

J2008354

2004

J2109546

2005

J2212096

2006

J2317402

2007

J2422310

2008

J2526623

2009

J2631503

2010

J2733874

2011

J2837851

2012

J2942840

 

Yamaha’s P series uprights have been made in Jakarta, Indonesia since 2008 when production was moved from Milton Keynes. P series pianos made prior to this date have Kemble piano serial numbers, which are 6 digits long and with a ‘E’ prefix as shown below:

Year

Serial No

1930

32100

1931

34600

1932

37500

1933

39600

1934

43000

1935

47000

1936

52000

1937

57600

1938

62600

1939

67300

1940

70900

1941

73500

1942

74500

1946

75000

1947

76100

1948

77600

1949

79500

1950

81700

1951

84200

1952

87000

1953

90000

1954

92500

1955

95000

1956

97500

1957

100500

1958

103500

1959

106300

1960

109700

1961

113200

1962

116200

1963

118500

1964

120800

1965

123500

1966

126100

1967

129200

1968

131200

1969

134100

1970

139100

1971

143500

1972

148000

1973

153500

1974

159500

1975

165800

1976

172000

1977

178600

1978

188550

1979

191500

1980

197980

1981

202385

1982

211495

1983

211495

1984

212842

1985

217811

1986

222207

1987

223395

1988

229195

1989

234995

1990

235000

1991

240952

1992

247101

1993

252854

1994

257593

1995

262730

1996

267729

1997

279322

1998

286284

1999

292160

2000

298201

 

Steinway & Sons

Steinway & Sons is one of the most recognisable and revered piano brands in the world. Founded in New York in 1853 by German immigrant Heinrich Steinweg, he soon anglicised his name to Henry Steinway and set up his piano manufacturing facility in Queens where it remains to this day. In c.1880 Steinway & Sons set up another factory, this time in Hamburg, Germany where most of the models we see in the UK and Europe were produced. 

Popular Steinway & Sons models: 

  • Model K: upright piano model, 132cm tall. The tallest upright size available, the Model K has similar tonality and presence to a small baby grand and has long been an incredibly popular model. The Model K makes for a great second-hand purchase and is a perfect candidate for reconditioning.
  • Model S: 5’1 baby grand piano – the smallest Steinway & Sons grand piano but by no means the weakest! Compact enough to fit in anywhere, advanced features give the Model S a larger sound than one would expect, and it remains a popular reconditioned choice.
  • Model O: 5’10 grand piano – the Steinway Model O is our favourite Steinway grand and is a perfect domestic choice. Beautifully proportioned in design, the Model O can fit just about anywhere and produces a wonderfully rich and resonant tone. We are always keen to buy as many Steinway Model O grands as we can and guarantee the best price!
  • Model A: 6’3 grand piano – 6’3 is an excellent domestic size of grand piano, small enough to fit while offering most of the power and presence required of a performance instrument
  • Model B: 6’11 grand piano – the Model B is widely considered to be the finest grand piano model ever made and is the instrument of choice for jazz and classical musicians the world over.
  • Model C: 7’6 semi-concert instrument – a little smaller than the Model D, the Model C is a popular institutional choice as a performance instrument and made only by Steinway Germany.
  • Model D: full size concert grand, 8’11 ¾ inches – the Steinway Model D is the definitive concert grand piano, instantly recognisable and found on more concert stages across the world than any other model.

How old is my Steinway & Sons piano?

To determine the age of your Steinway piano all you need to do is locate the serial number, which is usually stencilled on the frame, and compare it against the following chart: 

1853

483

1860

3000

1865

11000

1870

21000

1875

31000

1878

40000

1886

55000

1890

69000

1895

82500

1900

95000

1905

115000

1910

140000

1915

170000

1920

200000

1925

235000

1930

270000

1935

279000

1940

300000

1943

314000

1950

331000

1955

346500

1960

366000

1965

390000

1970

418000

1975

439000

1980

468500

1985

493000

1990

516700

1995

533500

2000

554000

2010

589100

2014

598900

 

Can't find your serial number? Call us on 01428 647593 and we'll do our best to help you!

C. Bechstein

Bechstein pianos are incredibly pretty instruments and have a typically much softer and more mellow sound than Steinways. They have long been a popular choice of drawing room piano and the Model A is widely considered to be the best in terms of size and tonality. 

This piano is 6’3 in length and is beautifully proportioned. The Model A is particularly desirable if it has the original sunburst music desk, fluted legs and if in the rosewood French polished veneer finish. If you have an old Bechstein Model A grand piano for sale let us know and we will offer you a top price. 

Blüthner

Founded in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the Blüthner piano company is wholly owned and managed by the fifth generation of the Blüthner family, and to this day their upright and grand pianos are handcrafted in historic city of Leipzig, Saxony. Julius Blüthner set out to create the finest piano in the world, and in doing so he invented many of the features that are found in pianos of all makes today.

Perhaps most famous of all, and unique to Blüthner, is the aliquot stringing, which is found on all Blüthner grand pianos today, apart from the Model 11 5’0 baby grand. In the last treble section, each note has an extra string, slightly raised from the others and not struck by the hammerhead. This fourth string is engineered to resonate sympathetically in unison with the note being played, adding another dimension to the sound.