Piano decals – is my piano really that old?

grand prix decal

Piano manufacturers often use decals from prestigious competitions and events for decades afterward. Piano owners sometimes assume these decorations are indicative of the age of the piano, but they’re not. Sometimes they may even be from a prize that was won more than a century earlier!

This decal was on a 1961 Baldwin L grand piano. It’s a well-made instrument, but it’s not at all the same instrument that won a grand prize at the 1900 Paris Grand Prix!

Still, if I had won a grand prize at the Paris Grand Prix I would probably put it on everything I owned too…