Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Gilbert Upright Piano

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QUESTION: Hi I would like to know who manufactured this piano. And more or less the age.

Any additional information will be highly appreciated

ANSWER: Hi Moshe:

Timothy Gilbert owned the company. There was family involved in Boston.

The Gilbert piano company stopped in 1913.

If you give me a serial number, I can narrow it down to a year.

If the piano looks newer than 1913, the name was bought, probably from an Asian company.

In that case, look inside and get me a picture of any lettering you can and I'll take it from there.

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Gilbert Upright Piano
Gilbert Upright Piano  
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QUESTION: Hi Ralph,
Thanks a lot for the quick reply!
Yes, the piano is most likely from an Asian company. I was told it was manufactured in Japan by Tokai, but I can't find any indication about that. I would like to know who is the nanufacturer and the age
The model is GL-300 (I have a picture of the inside)
Serial number: 314926

You can take a look at these photos:
https://picasaweb.google.com/104469267079272687451/GilbertPiano?authkey=Gv1sRgCI3jvYGRmvGj4AE
I am attaching a couple as well

Thanks a lot

ANSWER: OK...that's better.

There were two companies in Japan in those days listed as Tokai Gakki and Tokai.

The first kept serial numbers, the second did not.

If I'm not mistaken, the Tokai company did work with or under or around Kawai.

I went to the Kawai listings which put this serial number around 1968.

And by the looks of the pictures you sent, that would be pretty close.

I hope that helped!

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QUESTION: Hi Ralph,
Thanks for your response. What is your confidence level that the list you found under Kawai is for this Gilbert Piano?
I don't know for a fact that this was manufactured by Tokai. Is your assessment independent?

Thx,
Moshe

Answer
I'm sorry!

About what was I not clear please. I'll try to do better!

Tokai kept no records.

I'm confident this piano was a Tokai and the serial numbers align with Kawai's who used Tokai to make their lower level pianos.



Hi again:

I do know that Kawai used Tokai to make some of their "other" brand pianos.

That was the basis for my educated guess.

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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