Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/piano 45931

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I had a piano given to me and I was wondering how old it is. It  has Chute & Butler Co Peru Ind. USA and 45931 on it.

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Hello Betty!  With nearly 14,000 names of pianos, I hear of brands I am unfamiliar with quite often.  Sometimes the names on the fall boards are not manufacturers at all.  Instead they are large retailers who contract with manufactures to build pianos for them (such as Sherman and Clay), sometime making the ability to track piano data even more difficult.  I suggest the following websites which offer research into the age of pianos as well as their history:
 
http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/findage.htm
http://www.croftonpiano.com/piano_age.html
http://www.pianoworld.com/howold.htm
http://www.pianofinders.com/services/brandnameresearch.htm#C
http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics. If you need a piano's date of manufacture, please go to http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm or http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/pianoage.html I am happy to answer musical or technical questions, however, I CANNOT offer appraisals on pianos or organs. Please do not ask what an instrument is worth. For this service please contact an experienced local appraiser or try the following links: https://mmm1100.verio-web.com/blueb1/appraisal.html or http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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