Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Lowrey Piano


QUESTION: My daughter was given a Lowrey Piano by a lady at a church rummage sale and we are wondering about its history and value.

It has some similarities to a piano you answered questions about 08/31/2012
The pictures of that piano’s serial number and inside cabinet are the same as the piano we have.

The serial number stamp says A125025 and it says scale by Charles Frederick Stein on the right corner.

There are two additional labels affixed inside they cabinet that say….

1. High Impact Action designed for Lowery Piano by Charles Frederick Stein.

2. Pratt. Read and Co. Incorporated with an elephant in the logo  

It is 42” in height, the depth is 24”, and the width is 54”
It has 3 peddles.

ANSWER: Hi Shelly:

Charles Frederick Stein was a scale/piano designer who worked with Story the manufactured his own instruments for a bit.

The Lowery piano was made by C.M.I when it acquired Story and Clark in 1963.

The Lowery numbers should be the same as the Story and Clark numbers which puts your piano around 1928. However, I'm not buying that date. Lowery's were also made by Samick but that serial number does not fit there either.

The 'A' before the number is not typical to Story & Clark.

Pratt, Read was the manufacturer of actions in pianos of many, many manufacturers. They were the "action" go to company of that era.

This appears to be a console and if in viable condition could be worth around 7-900.00, USD.

Can you get me a photo of the serial number?!


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QUESTION: Thanks you for your help. Here are a couple pictures of the serial number. I have not been able to find any other identification numbers on the piano itself, but
inside the top panel, on the top right side hand written very lightly in pencil I found the following...

01/26/86  A440


08/16/88  A441

02/13/89  A443

ANSWER: Great work!

The 'A' means little.

The other marks that say A440 and A441, etc are "tuner's" tuning dates and where they left the piano.

I call that service graffiti!

Even in 1988, without the aid of computers, we had index cards!

So I'll go with my original observation.

Have you had the piano looked at since you received it?

It most likely needs a service call...you can go to http://www.ptg.org for a registered techician.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

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QUESTION: So if I understand correctly this is a console piano dated between 1963 and 1986 in viable condition worth $700 to $900?  

We are planning to move 1500 miles 30 days from now and we need to decide what we should do with this gift bestowed upon our daughter, it does not seem feasible to tote it across the country, so any advice you have would be helpful.


So the value of the piano comes second. The USE of the piano comes first!

If I were going to tote a piano 1500 miles, I would first see if it is useable. That's where the http://www.ptg.org comes in. First we have to see if it can be serviced.

Then...we have to determine the daughter's interest. I know she was gifted the piano, but if she has little interested...put it up for sale and don't pay more than it's worth to move it!!!

You can always buy something more reasonable when you land where you're going!!!!


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