Bechstein Piano Serial Numbers

Carl Bechstein.
NB Unlike all other makes, serial numbers on Bechsteins are the LAST ones used each year. On uprights, the number is usually stamped on the frame above the tuning pins.

Year SN.

1859 – 176
1860 – 300
1861 – 476
1862 – 710
1863 – 1102
1864 – 1305
1865 – 1595
1866 – 1869
1867 – 2369
1868 – 3154
1869 – 3673
1870 – 4196
1871 – 4855
1872 – 5756
1873 – 6580
1874 – 7328
1875 – 8070
1876 – 8924
1877 – 9596
1878 – 10213
1879 – 10933

1880 – 11676
1881 – 12558
1882 – 13596
1883 – 14715
1884 – 15705
1885 – 16704
1886 – 17629
1887 – 19058
1888 – 20640
1889 – 22628
1890 – 24958
1891 – 27456
1892 – 30198
1893 – 32735
1894 – 35111
1895 – 37785
1896 – 40448
1897 – 43352
1898 – 46879
1899 – 50490
1900 – 54181
1901 – 57871
1902 – 61615

1903 – 65809
1904 – 69829
1905 – 78185
1907 – 82390
1908 – 86114
1909 – 90138
1910 – 94753
1911 – 99469
1912 – 103786
1913 – 108112
1914 – 110016
1915 – 110898
1916 – 112067
1917 – 113123
1918 – 113773
1919 – 114822
1920 – 115783
1921 – 117126
1922 – 119211
1923 – 121322
1924 – 123320
1925 – 126160
1926 – 128572

1927 – 11473
1928 – 133743
1929 – 136067
1930 – 137446
1932 – 138345
1933 – 138989
1935 – 139999
1936 – 140714
1937 – 141600
1938 – 142417
1939 – 143270
1940 – 143890
1941 – 144360
1942 – 144740
1943 – 145000
1944 – 145220
1945 – 146235
1950 – 147000
1951 – 147133
1952 – 147300
1953 – 147600
1954 – 14800
1956 – 14865

1957 – 148850
1958 – 149900
1959 – 150600
1960 – 151950
1961 – 152683
1962 – 153400
1963 – 154306
1964 – 155300
1965 – 156400
1966 – 157570
1967 – 158740
1968 – 159840
1969 – 161100
1970 – 162300
1971 – 163400
1972 – 164400
1973 – 165470
1974 – 166600
1975 – 167800
1976 – 168950
1977 – 170150
1978 – 171350
1979 – 172550

1980 – 173785
1981 – 174819
1982 – 175749
1983 – 176428
1984 – 177110
1985 – 177800
1986 – 178422
1987 – 179105
1988 – 179754
1989 – 180311
1990 – 180821
1991 – 181522
1992 – 182103
1993 – 182539
1994 – 183219
1995 – 183917
1996 – 184580
1997 – 185302
1998 – 186074
1999 – 186666
2000 – 187537
2001 – 188393
2002 – 189243
2003 – 190386
2004 – 191644
2005 – 192945

IMPORTANT: on Grand pianos, there are two numbers. The one on the top near the tuning pins is the serial number. If this is missing, then there is usually one engraved into a wooden strut under the middle of the piano. In the trade this is called the “case number” and us usually about 3 times less than the actual number, so  for instance, we had a Bechstein No.71958 which was made in 1907 and had the number 24539 under the piano.