- Colin Nicholson
- Executive Poster
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- Joined: 04 Jul 2010, 19:15
- Location: Morpeth, Northumberland
According to my records in the Pierce Piano Atlas book, Ajello & Sons were a company in their own right, based at:
Leestone Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. (Est. 1862)
The action makers Schwander were a separate company who provided mechanisms for Ajello and other makers.
If the serial number is correct (according to how it is executed and correctly located on the piano/ font type etc) would suggest an earlier build date of around 1949 - 1950. Can only be confirmed by seeing a photo.
The serial number lists stopped in 1960 - #225660
The company also made the small "Michelle" and "Minette" piano
Bill may be able to expand on that.
1). The published dates of serial numbers are for the Manchester firm.
2). Guiliano Ajello was a London maker a century ago.
3). Some of the mysteries of piano names are discussed at
On that page, I explain how firms like Cramer and Kemble took over many of the old piano names. Kembles made the modern "Ajello" pianos, but they told me their archives were lost in a fire.
If you want to search inside the piano for clues, have a look at
It is usually very easy and quick to find the key-frame label in a modern Kemble or similar, and this may tell you the make or model. Unfortunately, most pianos have several numbers inside, and the most likely answer is a number preceded by K, inside the piano at keyboard level, on the left.
If you find it difficult to post photos here, you can just email them to me, and I will post them. Artificial key covering materials have been around since the 1860s, as explained at
Email via my website.
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, they should refer to pianohistory.info