Automatic Musical Company and
Link Piano Company Serial Numbers

Serial number location for an Automatic Musical Company Reliable Self-Playing piano.

(Photograph courtesy of John Rutoskey)

Serial number location for an Automatic Musical Company Reliable Self-Playing piano #20269, and for what is thought to be a Schaff piano. The serial number is die-stamped into the pinblock in the oval shaped hole in the upper part of the piano plate between then bass and tenor sections of the piano.

Schaff serial number on an early Link Piano Company Style R.

(Photograph courtesy of John Rutoskey)

Close-up of the Automatic Musical Company logo at the far right hand side of the piano plate in Reliable Self-Playing piano #20269. Notice that this instrument is equipped with a manually operated piano muffler rail to soften the overall piano volume.

Schaff serial number on an early Link Piano Company Style R.

(Photograph courtesy of Rusty King)

Close-up in an early gutted Link Style R showing the piano plate with the Schaff rubber stamped serial number 23711 visible between the bass and tenor piano sections.

Link rebuild with both a Schaff and a Link serial number.

(Photograph courtesy of Rusty King)

Close-up of the piano plate and serial numbers in an early Link equipped with a Schaff piano. The Schaff rubber stamped number is 25449, and below it is what remains of a pasted on paper sticker with the Link serial number of 2264. On the fallboard is a Link Piano Company decal. It is speculated that Link was using up Schaff pianos that Automatic Musical had on hand when Link acquired their assets in 1913. The model designation of these very early Link instruments is currently unknown, but the interior mechanisms are all Link and are identical to the later Link Style R.

The Haddorff serial number 55844 on a Link Style R coin piano.

(Photograph courtesy of Rusty King)

The Haddorff die stamped serial number 55844 on a Link Style R coin piano, Link serial number 2203. The Haddorff number is located on the backside of the piano behind the pin block. This is one of two general locations on the backside of the piano in which Haddorff serial numbers can be found, the other being on a structural board immediately below the soundboard.

Link Style 2B, #6418, with Haddorff piano #94062.

(Photograph courtesy of Rusty King)

In this example the instrument is a late Link Style 2B, Link serial number 6418. The Haddorff piano serial number is 94062, which is die stamped on the structural beam immediately below the sounding board and on the backside of the piano.

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(Photograph courtesy of Rusty King)

Link rubber stamped serial number 2859 on the pinblock between the bass and tenor tuning pins in a gutted keyboard style piano. The Haddorff number is 81027, and it is located under the bass end keybed cheek block.

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