I just thought would add some figures of numbers of pianos
made in Germany over those years .
In 1935 only 4,000 were made .This is a sharp decline from from 1930 when 20,000
During wars years none made .
In 1960 -- W Germany made 16,000 ,, E Germany (Soviet)--- 10,000
1970-- W Germany made 24,000,, E Germany " ---- 21,000
1980---W Germany made 31,000 ,, E Germany " ----- 28,000
1960---Japan made 48,000
The above numbers come from The New Grove ( The Piano ,1988 )
The historic section of SAUTER come from SAUTER Pianoforte Manufaktur
If the above numbers are correct ,which considering the source one would expect.
71,000 pianos were made in in W Germany between 1960 and 1980.
According to the Sauter serial numbers 51,000 were made in W Germany between 1960
and 80 ?
So it does not make sense ? Do I miscalculate ?
There could be a change in the serial numbers at some date ?
Some other German manufacturers were also making pianos in W Germany
Bechstein was owned by Baldwin.(in US ?) Steingraeber were they in W Germany ?
I think Seiler was was making pianos in Sweden or Denmark? Then went
back to Germany .Schimmel was in W Germany.Grotrian in W Germany I think ?
Feurich ,Scheidmayor were still making in 1980 in W Germany.
Pfeiffer still making a few great pianos there .I am sure there were quite a few others
I have left out .
Of course Bluthner in Leipzig was in E Germany. So were many others like August
So I do not know the mystery behind the change in the Sauter serial numbers between
1960 and 1980.
The last serial no number given in Pierce is 115700 made between 2007 to 2008
Sauter piano 121002 was made in 2016 .So the number of pianos produced between
2007 to 2016 (or 2017 )will be about 600 or 700 units a year .
This numbers would far too large if we take the serial numbers between 1960 and 1980
as numbers of pianos made by Sauter.
The numbers of pianos made between 2007 to 2016 (or 2017) as 600 to 700 would lie between
what Roberts Pianos suggests (800) and what is stated in Piano Buyer in Brand Profiles which
I think is 500 .