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Don’t forget that if your computer has a keyboard, you can use the usual CTRL F to find a name on this page.Even if the name on your piano is a real maker, only a minority of piano makers have ever published dates of their serial numbers, and many of these are incorrect or misleading, so on this page, I have only included dates for which I have some evidence.Armed with over forty thousand images for reference, we can usually make a more objective assessment of the age from photos which show what the WHOLE piano looks like on the outside, unobscured by dogs, stools, vases etc..These estimates are not distracted or misled by numbers or other information.Some are approximate years (marked ~) but from reliable sources such as the pianos themselves.
Numbers on keys or actions are not usually serial numbers, and not usually helpful.
Remember that any handwritten information is probably not from the factory and could have been added at any time.
Numbers preceded by a letter are not usually serial numbers.
If you open the top of a piano and look inside, you will often find one or more numbers in there, so don’t presume that you know which is the serial number, we can't always say what they all mean.
Removable wooden parts of the case are often imprinted with a number, but this may only be the last 3 digits of the serial number, which is usually a long number, 5 or 6 digits.If you are lucky, you may just open the top of the piano, and immediately see a number, but sometimes, the number is so well hidden that you may not find it.