YAMAHA PIANO SERIAL NUMBERS
A complete line of pianos, manufactured in Japan by Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest piano manufacturers, and in the U.S. by the Everett Piano Company. Yamaha pianos are distributed in the U.S. by Yamaha International Corporation, a wholly owned factory subsidiary of Nippon Gakki, which acts as the importing and marketing agency between dealers and factory, and which maintains a cooperative sales support campaign in behalf of U.S.A. dealers.
The first product to bear the Yamaha name was a reed organ built in 1887. The manufacture of pianos began in 1900. The trademark symbol that appears on every Yamaha product, three crossed tuning forks, soon became recognized world-wide as a mark of quality. Through innovative and dynamic engineering, Yamaha has been able to produce the large number of fine pianos it supplies for world markets while maintaining the high levels of craftsmanship and skills required to build fine musical instruments.
In 1973 Yamaha of America purchased the Everett Piano Company, makers of Everett and Cable Nelson. In 1979, Yamaha Music Manufacturing, at 100 Yamaha Park, Thomaston, GA 30286, was built to produce pianos for the North American market. Production of Yamaha’s GAlE and GB1 grand pianos, made by Yamaha in Jacarta, Indonesia, started in 2000.
Serial Numbers are for the first instrument made in year shown.
Yamaha Pianos with serial numbers preceded by the letter U were made in South Haven, Mich. by Yamaha in the Everett factory they purchased in 1973. This factory was closed in 1986.
Yamaha Pianos with serial numbers preceded by the letter T are made at the Thomaston, Georgia factory. In 1986 Yamaha started with 504050 and then changed to 100,000 numbers.
Yamaha GA1E, DGA1E, GB1, and DGB1 made by Yamaha in Jaekarta, Indonesia.
Courtesy of The Bluebook of Pianos
The Bluebook of Pianos is an invaluable handbook for anyone who owns or plans to buy a piano. The only book of its kind available, it gives complete, practical guidelines for purchasing and caring for a piano. After an illustrated discussion of piano structure that explains the workings of both grand and upright pianos, the book gives careful advice for purchasing a new or used piano or player piano. Attention is given to important considerations such as price, tone, construction, consumer ratings and brand name recognition. The book goes on to discuss the care and service of a piano, including detailed information about tuning, moving, repairs, and cleaning. The expert advice in this book will help you enjoy your piano more as well as care for it better.
Robert T. Furst, Archivist
Bluebook of Pianos