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  • 1.  Steinway grand year?

    Posted 11-27-2023 01:00

    I just replaced a set of verdigris infected hammers on a Steinway O.  There is a number that appears to be a date (1937) on the plate but the SN indicates that this is a 1923 piano.  On the #1 key there is a manufacturing date stamp of April 17, 1923 that agrees with the catalog date, but what is the 1937 number?

    Serial number of O


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    Blaine Hebert RPT
    Duarte CA
    (626) 390-0512
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  • 2.  RE: Steinway grand year?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-27-2023 14:07
    Blaine,
    My grandfather worked for a Steinway dealer before the depression (when the depression hit he was laid off and then went out on his own). He told me if a piano went back to the factory for work they put a date stamp on it. Also around this time they used a plated tuning pin that had the threads cut before the plating was done, which would account for the short time that the piano was out in the field. This is the way that I remember the story. (might be true)
    John






  • 3.  RE: Steinway grand year?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-27-2023 15:55

    Following on John's comments, in the past if you called with the serial number, Steinway would send a brief history of the piano (date manufactured, sold, any work done later by the factory, etc.) if requested. These days I believe there is a fee for this information. 



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    Patrick Draine RPT
    Billerica MA
    (978) 663-9690
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  • 4.  RE: Steinway grand year?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-27-2023 22:40

    The date on the side of  the key was put there by the fore finisher. They were paid piece work and used signatures or stamps to get credit for completed work.  The 1937 on the plate would have been put there when it was refinished at the factory. VR tells us that it was refinished in varnish. The ones that were done in lacquer have LQ in the same location.



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    Karl Roeder
    Pompano Beach FL
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