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How to date your Kawai or Yamaha Piano

Finding the age of your Kawai or Yamaha piano is a fairly easy process! All you need is your serial number which on Kawai and Yamaha pianos as well as a lot of other piano brands is printed on the piano’s metal frame. This can be found by lifting the lid on the top of upright pianos and is usually at the top of the frame. On grand pianos it is usually at the front of the metal frame behind where the keys are located.

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This guide can be used to date your Kawai or Yamaha piano manufactured between 1970 and 2007. Simply locate your serial number and search the year/month table to find where your serial number slots in. For example, for a Yamaha upright serial number 2341286 was made sometime between 1976 and 1977. For a Kawai piano serial number 676389, the table shows us that it was produced sometime between May 1974 and November 1974.

Note: These serial numbers are only valid for Japanese-made Kawai or Yamaha pianos and will not apply if your piano was made in their Indonesian or Chinese factories.

 
 

Kawai Serial Number Table

YEAR SERIAL NUMBER RANGE
November 1969 – May 1970 359000-394000
May 1970 – November 1970 394000-422000
November 1970 – May 1971 422000-448000
May 1971 – November 1971 448000-478000
November 1971 – May 1972 478000-509000
May 1972 – November 1972 509000-543000
November 1972 – May 1973 543000-577000
May 1973 – November 1973 577000-616000
November 1973 – May 1974 616000-654000
May 1974 – November 1974 654000-698000
November 1974 – May 1975 698000-730000
May 1975 to November 1975 730000-768000
November 1975 to May 1976 768000-805000
May 1976 – November 1976 805000-850000
November 1976 to May 1977 850000-900000
May 1977 – January 1978 900000-950000
January 1978 – July 1978 950000-1000000
July 1978 – March 1979 1000000-1050000
March 1979 – September 1979 1050000-1100000
September 1979 – March 1980 1100000-1150000
March 1980 – January 1981 1150000-1200000
January 1981 – May 1981 1200000-1250000
May 1981 – December 1981 1250000-1300000
December 1981 – June 1982 1300000-1350000
June 1982 – January 1983 1350000-1400000
January 1983 – July 1983 1400000-1450000
July 1983 – May 1984 1450000-1500000
May 1984 – December 1984 1500000-1550000
December 1984 – July 1985 1550000-1600000
July 1985 – March 1986 1600000-1650000
March 1986 – November 1986 1650000-1700000
November 1986 – July 1987 1700000-1750000
July 1987 – March 1988 1750000-1800000
March 1988 – November 1988 1800000-1850000
November 1988 – August 1989 1850000-1900000
August 1989 – October 1990 1900000-1976000
October 1990 – January 1991 1976000-2000000
January 1991 – December 1991 2000000-2050000
December 1991 – October 1992 2050000-2100000
October 1992 – October 1993 2100000-2150000
October 1993 – December 1994 2150000-2200000
December 1994 – June 1995 2200000-2225000
June 1995 – February 1996 2225000-2250000
February 1996 – November 1996 2250000-2275000
November 1996 – June 1997 2275000-2300000
June 1997 – February 1998 2300000-2325000
February 1998 – November 1998 2325000-2350000
November 1998 – October 1999 2350000-2375000
October 1999 – July 2000 2375000-2400000
July 2000 – October 2001 2400000-2435000
October 2001 – May 2002 2435000-2450000
May 2002 – September 2002 2450000-2460000
September 2002 – June 2003 2460000-2480000
June 2003 – October 2003 2480000-2490000
October 2003 – March 2004 2490000-2500000
March 2004 – December 2004 2500000-2520000
December 2004 – June 2005 2520000-2530000
June 2005 – October 2005 2530000-2540000
October 2005 – April 2006 2540000-2550000
April 2006 – September 2006 2550000-2560000
 
 

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Yamaha Serial Number Table

YEAR SERIAL NUMBER RANGE
1970-1971 980000-1150000
1971-1972 1150000-1340000
1972-1973 1340000-1540000
1973-1974 1540000-1740000
1974-1975 1740000-1950000
1975-1976 1950000-2150000
1976-1977 2150000-2360000
1977-1978 2360000-2570000
1978-1979 2570000-2800000
1979-1980 2800000-3030000
1980-1981 3030000-3260000
1981-1982 3260000-3480000
1982-1983 3480000-3680000
1983-1984 3680000-3890000
1984-1985 3890000-4040000
1985-1986 4040000-4210000
1986-1987 4210000-4360000
1987-1988 4360000-4560000
1988-1989 4560000-4680000
1989-1990 4680000-4820000
1990-1991 4820000-4960000
1991-1992 4960000-5080000
1992-1993 5080000-5190000
1993-1994 5190000-5300000
1994-1995 5300000-5390000
1995-1996 5390000-5460000
1996-1997 5460000-5520000
1997-1998 5520000-5590000
1998-1999 5590000-5810000
1999-2000 5810000-5860000
2000-2001 5860000-5920000
2001-2002 5920000-5970000
2002-2003 5970000-6020000
2003-2004 6020000-6060000
2004-2005 6060000-6100000
2005-2006 6100000-6150000
2006-2007 6150000-6180000

(source: Japan Piano Atlas 2008)

If your piano is not a Japanese-made Kawai or Yamaha then it is likely that we can still help you find its age and/or history. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance.