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I have an opportunity to purchase a Story & Clark grand piano at an unabelieveable price. It needs some work, but I have a piano technician friend who can fix it up for me. At the moment, I have a very nice Yamaha upright (U1) that I have maintained in peak condition. I like the touch and sound a Yamaha or Kawai. Can anyone give me some opinions about Story & Clark pianos? I'm searching the internet and I have found a history on the company, but so far, I haven't ran across any comparisons to other brands or reviews. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

-- Wendy Stephens (, November 09, 2001


I'm not an expert on pianos, and of course, I don't know your specific piano, but I'd stay away from Story and Clark. I'm also a Yamaha fan and I can't imagine giving mine up for SandC. I may be more biased than you'd like, as I also don't recommend Baldwins or Kimballs eit

-- alexandra (, November 11, 2001.

Thanks! I had decided against S&C, but went to see the piano anyway out of curiosity. It turned out to be a tiny, old, beat-up Kimball. Yuck! Then through a friend of a friend, I found a 7 ft., 30 year old Baldwin grand for sale. After some thought, I'm going to shop for for no less than a Yamaha or Kawai, preferably with a few less years on it.

-- Wendy Stephens (, November 27, 2001.

Old story & Clarks (first half of 1900's) are wonderful pianos. New one's are terrible, esp. the bass strings (the bass tone is almost none existant "thud, thud")& kawai's sound like they're made of metal (clangy & metallic- incidentally I love "bright" pianos but there's no fullness or character of tone in kawai's.) Stick to Yamaha for the money.

-- ryan rush (, September 01, 2004.

I have been in love with an antique Story & Clark piano since age 5. It was passed down to me and I have never seen a piano whose beauty compares with this beautiful heirloom piano. It holds a tune forever, it seems. It's gorgeous mahogany columns are inspiring. Granted, it's antique, and high-quality. So, if you can find an antique Story and Clark Piano....good chance you've got a gem on your hands :)

-- ARowe (, October 25, 2004.

Subject: Story & Clark support?

My mother has a Story & Clark full size upright piano built between 1925-1930. Serial number is 118890. The exterior wood is in overall good condition. I have no piano knowledge about the keys or how it plays, although my mother is looking to sell it. Interested or know more about Story & Clark pianos, contact Cindy at Thank you!

-- Cindy Phillips (, November 15, 2004.

I currently own a Story & Clark baby grand piano. I cannot find a serial number anywhere on the piano. The only number I have found is a "25" which is marked (embedded) into the wood on the underside of the piano beneath the keyboard.

Does anyone know what this number represents?

I had a piano technician check it out and he could not find a serial number anywhere. Could the "25" be the serial number?


-- Steve Margita (, February 06, 2005.

I just bought a brand new Story & Clark after spending hours each day for several days playing piano after piano. With unlimited cash flow I'd buy a Steinway but my Story & Clark has a beautiful tone. The base sounds awesome. Each piano is different of course but both of the new Story & Clarks I played I loved.

-- Christal Foreman (, March 02, 2005.

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