Raymond & Co. London

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Raymond & Co. London

Post by LauraLee » 27 Nov 2016, 10:02

Hi there,
I was wondering if anyone here can help. My family piano is a Raymond & Co. London piano which was bought reconditioned for my father in the 50s. The serial number is : 74385. I would love to know more about it. It has been sadly neglected, is very out of tune and has been kept in less than ideal conditions.
Thank you so much in advance.

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Re: Raymond & Co. London

Post by Bill Kibby » 27 Nov 2016, 11:22

The majority of pianos cannot be reliably dated by their serial numbers, as explained at

It is not possible to tell anything about an individual piano just by the name, and sadly, this is a name transfer that could be bought for 10p in the seventies, and put onto any piano that had lost its original name, as explained at

I can often make a quite accurate estimate of the piano’s age if you can send photos that show what the WHOLE piano looks like.

There is useful general information about upright pianos at
and near the bottom of the page, it explains the problem of modernisation, which may apply in this instance.

If you want to search inside the piano for clues, have a look at
Piano History Centre
Email bill@pianohistory.info
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, alter these to pianohistory.info

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