Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Piano


Do you know what  kind of piano is this one
Brand, serial number, price

Looking at the style of your piano case, I'd say it is around 1910-1915. It could be from the 1890s.

Lift up the top lid and look down to the right.  On the brass-colored iron plate, you should see the manufacturer's name in big letters.

Then look to the left toward the middle.  You should find a four-, five-, or six-digit number.

Take pictures of that information and send them to me: dr.robertseeley@yahoo.com.

I will search at mbsi.org in the Music Trade Review to see what information is available there.

In addition, you may find information by Googling or Yahooing. Do both.  There are antique piano shops on line that may have a vintage catalog, and you can find images and information about how your piano was made. Your vintage piano has a story to tell you.

Let me know what you find out.  It is a beautiful piano.  Once you find out its name and number, you should post a video of someone playing it and show its insides on Youtube.

I love my 1921 Adam Schaaf piano, more so since I have researched its history and worked on it to improve its sound and responsiveness.

Good Luck.  rjs

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Robert James Seeley


I enjoy historical research at the site: mbsi.org for articles in the Music Trade Review, 1880 forward, supplemented by other on-line searches.


After several months of research, I have compiled a multi-chapter history of the Adam Schaaf piano ( mine is No. 58,265) back to the 1860s. In the last week I have compiled a 6-page brochure for the owner of a Compton-Price/Boston Piano Co. upright (No.13,630). I can provide samples of my desk-top publishing skills from these documents, and I would like to share them in entirety with anyone interested. The visual impact of research is important. I am passionate about giving these surviving, obscure instruments the respect they deserve, as well as the people who made them. My piano technician encourages me to submit them to the Piano Technicians Guild in Kansas City.

DMA, Doctorate in Musical Arts, 1980, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; MM, 1969; BM, 1967; both from North Texas State University. I have spent the first full year of my retirement from 44 years of college teaching (Music, English, German) on these and other on-line research projects.

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