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Steinway Searches for Oldest Pianos

This year Steinway & Sons celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary-that’s 150 years-and to commemorate a century and a half of piano building (which has produced over half a million pianos), the company is conducting a search for both the oldest Steinway grand and upright in existence.

If you happen to have an old beater of a Steinway laying around your home, or if you know someone who does, simply write down its serial number, which is located on the lower interior of the piano’s cast iron plate, and give it to your local Steinway dealer by May 1, 2003. Steinway has maintained a record of every piano it has ever built that includes the day a piano was completed, its style, the name of the craftsman who worked on it, as well as where and to whom it was sold. So they’re in good shape to find out exactly which pianos registered in the search are the oldest.

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