The home of the famous Adam Schaaf grand, upright and player pianos and reproducing pianos were built at their imposing, and beautiful six story building at 319-321 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago. In addition to a factory at 1020 Central Park Avenue, Chicago, made the Adam Schaaf institution one of the best equipped in the world. Adam Schaaf instruments continue to advance time tested by thousands of satisfied, ever enthusiastic owners and customers. To make still better the best Adam Schaaf piano has been the aim and the inspiration of the experienced workers in the Adam Schaaf factory as well as the ambition of the gentlemen who direct the company's destinies. How well these aims and ambitions have succeeded is told in the fact that the three fold output has not kept pace with the steadily increasing demand. These instruments are the product of a house of the highest responsibility and unlimited credit. Adam Schaaf Reproducing Pianos in Grands and Uprights are very distinguished. Serial Numbers effective on January 1, of the year shown. 1885-3100 1903-14500 1909-24100 1915-35800 1921-56000 1890-4600 1904-16000 1910-25100 1916-39000 1922-59000 1895-6580 1905-17800 1911-26200 1917-43000 1923-62000 1900-10000 1906-19000 1912-28300 1918-47000 1924-65000 1901-11500 1907-20500 1913-30400 1919-50000 1926-71000 1902-13000 1908-22000 1914-32600 1920-53000
One of the oldest names in the American piano world. These pianos, player-pianos and grands are manufactured by a division of the Goldsmith Piano Co. of Chicago, an industry of utmost responsibility. Smith & Nixon pianos have held a place very high in the esteem of discriminating musical people and, under present conditions, their position will be maintained.
At competitive exhibitions held the Starr pianos have invariably obtained the highest awards, and number among the honor's awards at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition in 1880, the Chicago World's Fair in 1898, the National International Exposition in 1897, the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, the Seattle Exposition in 1909, the Panama California Exposition in 1915, and many others. Starr-made grand pianos are built in three sizes.
The smallest size is but five feet two inches long and bears the company's copyrighted trademark "Minimum," which indicates the exclusive features of this instrument. The other sizes of parlor and concert grand are well adapted for the field in which that class of instrument is used. Several models of upright pianos and player-pianos are made. In each of them the style and dimensions are varied to meet the particular requirement toward which the design of the instrument has been directed. The fundamental element of proper musical manufacture, the pure, even quality scale, is universally used, and the feeling which the resultant tone quality has obtained warrants the highest commendation. An extended number of models of player-pianos are likewise made. Many of the Starr models bear the exclusive feature of Starr light a luminous music well, making more attractive evening' playing.
1901 date on the piano. Old piano! This piano may not hold tune at 440. If you had a piano tech check the piano before you bought it that would be good, but at this point you should have a complete overview of the technical condition.
Piano serial numbers identify the (1) age of your piano, the (2)piano's year of manufacture, as well as (3) the circumstancessurrounding the production of your piano, including factory history,manufacturing processes, and company ownership and oversight.
5) Immediate interior [front]: On the back of the [a] keyslip (long wooden ledge, runs along the front/bottom of the piano's keys. The serial number is often hidden and stamped on the other side, facing the keys). On the front of the [b] action frame (after the keyslip is removed), or stamped on [c] one or both of the cheek blocks, viewed to the right and left of the piano's keyboard.
On older pianos, you may find 3-5 screws, underneath the keyslip, that will need to be removed (or, simply lift up, if no screws are present) to view the action frame. The serial number may be stamped on the front of the frame's wooden base, immediately under the keys.
To recap: the piano's serial number when it isn't immediately visible near the 200+ tuning pins or etched onto the soundboard, may be hidden, here (see the video, above, at 3:55 to prceed #1-4; please proceed with caution):
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The Pierce Piano Atlas, 12th Edition now in hardcoverformat, provides a wealth of information about the piano manufacturingindustry. Over 12,000 piano names are included, some dating back to theearly eighteen hundreds. This guide provides references to serialnumbers, dates of manufacture, factory locations, a brief history ofmany manufacturers and other pertinent information.
Of course, a quick fire way to see if your piano--if it's already in working condition--can bring in a nice chunk of change or be worth the trip to the insurance office, is to figure out what brand of piano you have. According to the Antique Piano Shop, you can find manufacturer names and serial numbers for upright pianos inside the piano itself, towards the top of the strings. For grand pianos, you'll want to look at the soundboard and the top of each leg or pedal lyre for its brand.
In general, the older the upright or grand piano, the more valuable it's going to be. Now, you'll be able to date most pianos within a few years using the serial numbers you find, as these dates will give you a good estimate of what your piano might end up being worth. 2b1af7f3a8