Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Bell Piano


QUESTION: I have recently acquired a Bell 'Cabinet Grand' Piano. Can you help me with dating this unit ?

It has 2 foot pedals.
Also a lot of scroll work.

ANSWER: Hi Craig:

I think I can, but that help would be predicated on getting the serial number.

Look inside on the steel plate, or on the back, or under the key bed for a 4, or 5, or 6 digit number and get back to me.

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QUESTION: Ralph, I have found a number, #2433, in the three places you mentioned. I will also attach a picture.

ANSWER: Hi Craig:

Wow...that's an early number...between 1869 and 1890!

Your number pre dates records of sedial numbers.

The first numbers start with 4900 in 1894!

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QUESTION: Wow, was never thinking that old. I found that number , 2433, again in two more spots on this piano. Is this the serial number, or is it markings so pieces didn't get mixed up in factory ? Should there be a number on the plate ?

Hi Craig:

No...that's it!

They usually didn't do case numbers for uprights!

If that number is correct...this baby girl is old and looks as though it had a great home...it happens.

I would love a picture of the interior. Let's keep playing.


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Ralph Onesti


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


In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

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Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

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Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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