Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Thurmer F. Serial Nos.

 

Year

Serial No.

1900

19500

1905

27800

1910

37700

1915

49900

1920

52700

1925

57000

1926

57500

1927

58000

1928

59600

1929

60300

1935

67000

1940

72700

1952

73800

1973

81500

1977

81715

1985

82680

1990

83330

1993

83530

These numbers are to be used only as a reference point. An exact date does not make a material difference to an assessment but to be within 2 to 5 years is accurate enough to give an informed report on a piano.  

Weinbach Serial Nos.

 

Year

Serial No.

Year

Serial No.

1900

10510

1973

143000

1910

23920

1977

170000

1920

32920

1980

189200

1930

64200

1983

209951

1940

72120

1987

230740

1950

85550

1990

244040

1955

89300

1993

259410

1960

96600

1997

267430

1963

106600

2000

270950

1967

118400

2003

273170

1970

129200



These numbers are to be used only as a reference point. An exact date does not make a material difference to an assessment but to be within 2 to 5 years is accurate enough to give an informed report on a piano.  

Wurlitzer Serial Nos.

 

Year

Serial No.

Year

Serial No.

1903

1910

1953

474451

1907

7500

1957

607000

1910

11600

1960

657000

1913

15000

1963

815000

1917

28000

1967

985000

1920

40000

1970

1105000

1923

53000

1977

1395000

1927

80000

1980

1595000

1930

112000

1983

1725000

1933

130300

1987

1900000

1937

150000

1990

2080001

1940

195000

1993

2820556

1942

225000

1996

2829222

1946

330000

1998

2835027

1950

400000

2000

2840520

These numbers are to be used only as a reference point. An exact date does not make a material difference to an assessment but to be within 2 to 5 years is accurate enough to give an informed report on a piano.  

Monday, 18 October 2021

Young Chang


Young Chang was founded in 1956 by three brothers Jai-Young Kim, Jai-Chang Kim and Jai-Sup Kim. Initially they distributed Yamaha pianos into Korea and other parts of Asia. South Korea was becoming widely known for producing high quality musical instruments and in 1964 the first Young Chang factory was built in Seoul.

When in 1985 the Aeolian Piano Company came to an end, Young Chang purchased the rights to use the brand name ‘Weber’ and in the following year established the Weber Piano Company. The practice of using old, respected European-sounding names to increase sales of pianos has been part of the long history of the piano trade. For whatever reason, the Weber subsidiary was sold to Samsung America in 1987.


Needing extra capacity for producing iron frames, Young Chang opened a foundry at Tianjin, China in 1988. The project there was further expanded a few years later when they opened a complete piano manufacturing complex. The Chinese facility allowed Young Chang to start serving the lower-end of the piano market.


Joseph Pramberger, a former head of manufacturing from Steinways joined the company in 1995. He brought many innovations to piano design at Young Chang, including an improved action and an asymmetrically tapered soundboard. The Pramberger Platinum series - incorporating some German action parts from Renner - was Young Chang's top-of-the-models range for three years. 


In 2018 Hyundai acquired Young Chang in 2006, renaming the company HDC Young Chang.


Ajello & Sons Serial Nos.

Year

Serial No.

1948

22048

1949

36049

1950

44050

1951

66051

1952

71000

1953

77453

1954

103554

1955

136455

1956

168956

1958

201158

1959

215159

1960

225660

 

These numbers are to be used only as a reference point. An exact date does not make a material difference to an assessment but to be within 2 to 5 years is accurate enough to give an informed report on a piano.  

Forster, August. Serial Nos.

 

Year

Serial No.

1900

10000

1904

15000

1910

25000

1917

40000

1924

50000

1929

60000

1937

73000

1944

82500

1952

102000

1960

122000

1965

133500

1970

140500

1973

145000

1975

148000

1980

154000

1990

160000

1996

162000

2003

163600

These numbers are to be used only as a reference point. An exact date does not make a material difference to an assessment but to be within 2 to 5 years is accurate enough to give an informed report on a piano.