Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/How old is my piano?


I'm not 100%sure where the serial number Is on my Chickering  piano. There is a larger number right below the brand name inscripted on the iron near the key paddles. The number is 109.
I'm not sure what else it could possibly be. Please help me :) I feel like I'm On a treasure hunt to see if I have a historic antique in my living room, or just an average every day piano. Many thanks!!!!

Hi Libby,

You should look at the cast iron plate again for the serial number; it should have five or six digits. If your piano is a grand (109 is a grand scale design), it most likely will be on one of the diagonal cross beams above the strings. Removing the key slip (the wooden strip) in front of the keys usually reveals the serial number. There are three or four screws underneath the keybed that holds the keyslip. The number is usually engraved on the keyframe and the keyslip.

Good luck.

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.


I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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