Baldwin model R Grand Piano

Baldwin model R Grand Piano

5′-8″ Baldwin Living Room Grand Piano.

In a warm, rich banded mahogany lacquer finish, this is a lovely musical instrument.  It has genuine ivory keys and they’re in flawless condition, which is a rarity.  The sharp keys are wood, and not plastic, so the keyboard has a unique, old-world feel.  The pianos’ structure is excellent, and it has had modest playing time.  It has lived in Albuquerque for decades, so it is happily acclimated to our arid climate.  Per our policy, we always source our pianos locally.  That makes for a stable instrument, musically.  Alexander Boggs, the owner of 88 Keys Piano Warehouse has tuned and serviced this piano for years.  We had to do very little to the piano in our restoration shop, just basic tuning, regulation, touch-up and cleaning.  The venerable Baldwin model R grand piano has been built for nearly a century and is one of the most popular Living Room grand pianos ever built.  At 5’-8”, it is a little longer than other competing pianos in its class.  They feature an unusually strong bass response that literally growls and a clear singing treble and a pleasing tenor.  That depth of bass in the Baldwin scale design permits the “walking bass line” employed by many jazz musicians.  It is rich in tonal colors and has a nice long duration of sustain and a truly marvelous dynamic range across the keyboard.  It could easily be mistaken for a 6’ piano. 

Baldwin model R Grand Piano Front at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Stately, handsome and dignified. American craftsmanship.
Baldwin model R Grand Piano Tail at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Warm, rich banded mahogany lacquer finish.

Baldwins are a sturdy piano, and you’ll find them in institutional settings where they hold up well and are considered to be low maintenance.  They have been a favorite among private piano teachers who may not be able to afford the more expensive Steinway & Sons piano. Structurally, they were built like a Sherman tank, and you would find their studio uprights in the practice rooms of nearly every university or conservatory of music.  Complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery and setup is included.  The original bench with storage is remarkably sturdy and well-built.  Baldwin model R Grand Piano S# 122916 – 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $9950.

Baldwin model R Grand Piano Keyboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Beautiful yet built like a Sherman tank.
Baldwin model R Grand Piano Harp at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
The Baldwin harp, treble bridge and soundboard.

This one was built in 1953, which may sound old, but this is a very good era for the Baldwin factory in Cincinnati.  They had access to fine old-growth woods which were plentiful and inexpensive.  Baldwin management took pride in their pianos and a lot of quality wood was left on the floor at the end of the day because it wasn’t quite good enough for its application in the piano.  They liked to quarter-saw the wood for superior dimensional stability though it was more wasteful than other cuts.  The factory was teeming with craftsmen, many of whom apprenticed there or and had a father who brought them in to learn the craft.   

Baldwin model R Grand Piano Bench at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Solidly built and durable Baldwin bench.
Baldwin model R Grand Piano Logo at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Fallboard decal.

The D. H. Baldwin Piano Company was founded in 1863 by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin and became the largest selling American manufacturer of pianos throughout its long and rich history. They began piano production in 1890 after having retailed the Steinway & Sons and Chickering piano lines.  The model R is one of the Baldwin Artist series models and has long been a favorite of concert artists in all genres of music.  Most notable was Liberace who played exclusively on the Baldwin.  The official Baldwin Concert Artist list includes Dave Brubeck, Earl Wild, John Williams (Star Wars soundtrack) Aaron Copland (Boston Pops Orchestra conductor), Count Basie, Bruce Hornsby and a long roster of concert pianists, composers and musicians who endorsed them without any financial consideration.  The Audio Engineer Society published a study and ranked the Baldwin as having the best tonal quality of the five manufacturers, including Steinway that they reviewed.

Baldwin model R Grand Piano Medallion at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Established 1862 as D. H. Baldwin Piano Co.

Baldwin model 651 Console Piano

Baldwin model 651 Console Piano

Baldwin 42″ Classic Console Piano.

This model is part of the Baldwin Classic Console line of quality pianos.  They were available in lovely traditional furniture cabinet styles.  This one is in Italian Provincial and finished with genuine American black cherry cabinet veneers.  Built in 1992, this piano has been in Albuquerque all of its life, so it is happily acclimated to our unique climate.  It was purchased at the longtime Baldwin dealer, King Music located right up the street from here.  It is in excellent structural and aesthetic condition.  There is minimal wear throughout the moving parts of the action and trapwork.  Other than tuning, very little had to be done for this piano in our restoration shop.  It ought to provide decades of musical enjoyment and expression.  The Baldwin tone is characterized by a strong robust bass, long sustaining rich tenor and a bell-like treble. The touch is accurate and responsive. The original matching bench with storage is included.  Complimentary local first-floor professional delivery is included. 

Baldwin model 651 console piano S# 1507213 Mfg. 1992 American black cherry finish

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $2450.

Baldwin model 651 Console Piano 2 at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Warm American Black Cherry finish.

The Baldwin Piano & Organ company was established in 1862 by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin, a Presbyterian minister and music teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.  They are by far the most popular and largest-selling piano in American history.  Among the general public, Baldwin has been one of the most beloved and well-respected pianos in the industry and many are passed down through generations of families.  They are frequently used by music teachers, colleges and universities, places of worship and any institutional situation in part because they are affordable and offer a great value but they are also built like Sherman tanks to last.  Their Artist endorsement program boasted a large roster of musicians, conductors and composers including Liberace, John Williams (Star Wars soundtrack), Dave Brubeck, Earl Wild and dozens more.  Today, Baldwin is a division of Gibson Guitars and they are built in China.

Baldwin model 651 Console Piano 4 at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Piano-action in excellent condition!
Baldwin model 651 Console Piano 3 at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom
Nice cabinet design elements.