Of the pianos made these days, which is the best?
Over-all, the answer is 'Yamaha' (Yamaha Website). Quality for the price, it can't be beat. I have tuned hundreds of pianos and the tone quality of a Yamaha grand is unsurpassed. Next is Kawai, Young Chang, maybe Samick (because of warranty), and then Baldwin (top of the line only). Petrof is a very good piano, but prices have gone very high in recent years. They are not cheap. Then of course Steinway. The legend of pianos is the Bösendorfer. If you can afford one.
Now, before you through away your old Winter, or some other generic piano, cheer up-- if you've been tuning the piano faithfully, and if it hasn't been stored in the barn, you probably have a pretty acceptable instrument anyway.
So go on home, call a tuner who has a positive attitude, and ask him to bring your old relic back as best he can. You will be surprised what can be done. If the tuner tells you to haul it to the dump, call or email me. I will try to help you find a fellow with a better attitude.
- Jesse French & Sons Piano Serial Numbers
- Jesse French Piano Identification
- Jesse French Pianos For Sale
- Directory of Used Piano Prices. This section lists the average resale prices for used pianos. The important word here is average. The value of a specific piano model may be determined on the basis of the price shown; however, you must consider the condition and make-ready cost of the instrument in question, plus the popularity of the style and finish in your particular area.
- Jesse French & Sons Piano, Serial #60714, dated 1915. Jesse French, the president of the company, started in the music business in 1872, branching out into the piano business in 1875, and has been continuously connected with the industry ever since.
HERE IS A LIST OF PIANOS ACCORDING TO QUALITY
You need to understand that this list does not take into account the condition or care the piano has had over the years.
Jesse French & Sons Piano Co. Did export through Jesse French Export Co., which exported for instance the model 'G' Junior (or Junior G) to Italy. The book 'Mallory Radio Service Encyclopedia' (4th Edition) lists the following radio models for Jesse French (under French): 'G' Junior, a very special console cabinet (we show), followed by H1, H2. Pianos We've Restored French, Jesse & Sons. Factory Location: Rochester, New York Serial Number Dates: 1896 -? History: Jesse French & Sons Piano Company was established in 1875 in Rochester, NY. The company was once a division of the P.A. Starck Piano Company, and also shared the name, Dorman French & Smith Pianos. I'm guessing that it would be the mid 20s. I don't know if it was ever an independent manufacturer, I believe Lagonda was a brand of the Jesse French piano co.
Steinway & Sons
Mason & Hamlin
Better than average
Acrosonic by Baldwin
Knight of the UK
Story & Clark
Ivers and Pond
J & C Fischer
Useful though not exceptional
Hobart M. Cable
Mehlin & Son
Kranich & Bach
Price and Teeple
Kohler & Campbell
Jesse French & Sons Piano Serial Numbers
This company bought defunct piano companies, some in the above lists, and used the names on their pianos to hide their low quality pianos. Beware-- Check a piano atlas to see if Aeolian bought the piano name of something you are considering buying.
Winter- Not Musette
'Grand' ( Brand name on cheap upright company )
Any piano made in Utah
Any Bird Cage Action piano ( Exception- German )
Any piano with an aluminum harp (plate)
Chancellor-- From Ireland-- Operated by hot air-- True!
The Starck Piano History
Founded in 1891 by P.A. Stark in Chicago, the Starck Company was one of the early American, quality piano brands that persisted until the middle of the 20th century. In 1920, the firm was managed by Sark’s son. 
The firm produced many different pianos and sold them under the following brand names: Starck, P.A. Starck, Starck & Starck, Starckette, Combinette, Kenmore, and Brent. 
Despite the onset of the Great Depression, which forced many companies to go out of business, the Starck Piano Company survived and remained privately-held and family-run. By 1956, Stark started building pianos with the Jesse French Piano Company. The firm went out of business in 1965. 
About Starck Pianos
Starck Piano manufactured a comprehensive line of uprights, baby grands, and player pianos. In fact, the Starck reproducing piano was award-winning for its quality and construction. Many pianists have endorsed it and particularly preferred the sound of the Starck grand.  However, the Starck company also made uprights, players, and all other styles except for grands until 1939 when they began production because of the increasing demand.  
Restoring a Starck Piano
Call Lindeblad today to get the process started of restoring your Starck Piano. With the right process and expert team doing the restoration work, it can once again play high-quality music.
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 Pierce, W. Robert. Pierce Piano Atlas: Anniversary Edition, 2017 Our 70th Year. Albuquerque: Ashley, 2017. Print.