Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Howard (by Baldwin) piano


Can you give me any history concerning my Howard by Baldwin piano serial number 40233, model C171, black lacquer?  I've had it for years but never had to time to research it.   I would be interested to know the date manufactured, where, value, etc.  Any information you could share would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Michelle:

The Howard Piano Company was in Cincinnati, Ohio and established in 1895.

This  brand was an "off chute" of the Baldwin Company based in the same place.

The piano you describe was manufactured in 1959.

This piano is probably the normal 5'8" Howard "baby grand".

The value would rest heavily on its viability. By that I mean not only its ability to be played, but to be serviced as well.

For the sake of this conversation, let's just say it's in perfect condition. In that case it could be worth as much as 4,500.00.

If you really need to target a value, then it must be looked at by a registered member of the piano technicians guild. For that you can go to http://www.ptg.org, plug in your zip code and get a listing of registered technicians in your area.

The black lacquer is over a hard core of wood like poplar, covered in a double coat of thin veneer then coated in black lacquer, and sometimes varnish.

The action mechanism is typical Baldwin with no remarkable deviations from normal piano technology.

These Howards must be separated from the R.S. Howard connected to Jannsen, and the Howard made by Kawai.

I hope that helped!

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