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Bechstein Age, Models and Serial Numbers

Model Chronology and Ages of C. Bechstein Pianos

Find your Bechstein age and Bechstein model. Bechstein age from 1863 to 2012.

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Take a look at the Bechstein range of pianos

Grand Pianos 1863-1904

Early grand piano models were specified with Arbian numbers, later with Roman numbers.

ModelsSize
I9 ft (275cm) long
II8ft 4″ (254cm) long
III7ft 8″ (234cm) Long
IV7’2″ (218cm) Long
V6ft 7″ (200cm) Fish tail style cabinet with 2 corners at end.
Va / VI6ft 7″ (200cm) Keybed installed below the rim.

Grand Pianos 1902-1974

ModelsSize
E9ft (275cm) Long
D8ft 2″ (250cm) Long
C57’3″ (221cm) Long with 5 string sections
C47’3″ (220cm) Long with 4 string sections
B6’8″ (203cm) Long
A5ft 11″ (182cm) Long. 85 notes. Built until 1926
A15ft 11″ (182cm) Long. 88 notes. Built 1922 to 1926
M5ft 10″ (180cm Long. 88 notes. Built 1926 to 2001
L5ft 6″ (165cm) Long. Known as “Lilliput” model. Built 1926-1988
K5ft 1″ (157cm) Long. Built 1933-1937 & 1987-2003
S4ft 7″ (140cm) Long. Built 1936 -1944

Grand Pianos 1974 onwards

ModelsSize
EN (replaced E)9’2″ (280cm) Long. Built 1974-1998
B-208 6’10” (208cm) Long. Built 1988 -2003
C-232 7’7″ (232cm) Long. From 1991
A-1896’2″ (189cm) Long. Built 1996-2003
D-2809’2″ (280cm) Long. Built 1998-2008
B2106’11” (210cm) Long. Built 2001-2008
M/P-1926’4″ (192cm) Long. From 2002
L-1675’6″ (167cm) Long. From 2003
C-2347’8″ (234cm)Long. From 2006
D-2829’3″ (282cm) Long. From 2008
B-212 6’11” (212cm) Long. From 2008

Upright Pianos Before 1902

ModelSize
I57.5″ (145cm) Tall. 88 notes. Rosewood or Ebony
II54.5″ (138cm) Tall. 88 notes. Rosewood or Ebony
III50″ (127cm) Tall. 88 notes. Rosewood, Ebony, Walnut or Maple
IV48″ (122cm) Tall. 85 notes. Various woods
V50″ (127cm) Tall. 85 notes. Rosewood or Ebony. Straight Strung

Upright Pianos After 1902

ModelSize
657.5″ (145cm) Tall. 88 notes. Rosewood or Ebony
754.5″ (138cm) Tall. 88 notes. Rosewood or Ebony
850″ (127cm) Tall. 88 notes. Rosewood, Ebony, Walnut or Maple
948″ (122cm) Tall. 85 notes. Various woods
1050″ (127cm) Tall. 85 notes. Rosewood or Ebony. Straight Strung
1148″ (122cm) Tall. Built 1985-2007. (Concert 11 from 2000)
12116cm Tall.  Built 1952-1995
118118cm Tall. .Built from 2000. Classic or Contur designs.
124124cm Tall. Built from 2000. Classic or Elegance designs.

Bechstein Ages

Serial NumberAgeSerial NumberAgeSerial NumberAge
1-1751853-1858125581881658091903
1761859135961882698291904
4761861147151883738761905
7101862157051884781851906
10021863167041885823901907
13051864176291886861141908
15951865190581887901381909
18691866206401888947531910
23691867226281889994961911
315418682495818901037861912
367318692745618911081121913
419618703019818921100161914
485518713273518931108981915
575618723511118941120671916
658018733778518951131231917
732818744044818961137731918
807018754335218971148221919
892518764687918981157831920
959618775047918991171261921
1021318785418119001192111922
1093318795787119011213321923
1167618806161519021233201924

Serial NumberAgeSerial NumberAgeSerial NumberAge
126160192514944919571832191994
128572192615134219591839171995
131473192715140019601845801996
133743192815652519651853021997
136067192915757419661860741998
137446193015872819671866661999
138345193215984519681875372000
138989193316111419691883932001
139999193516233619701892432002
140714193616340519711903862003
141600193716441519721916442004
142417193816779819751929452005
143270193917141019781943982006
143890194017378519801960242007
144360194117481919811976242008
144740194217648119831990932009
145000194317717019842006882010
145220194417780119852021732011
145235194517975419882036292012
14700919501801981989
14713319511803121990
14840319551815261992

Bechstein London

Around 1930 until 1939, s series of small grands were produced in England for the British market. The serial numbers started 240000.