Linda S. wrote at 2013-01-07 14:55:08
I know this question is over two years old, but I just had to put in my 'two cents' - which in this case is really more like at least a hundred thousand of them (cents, that is). I own a 1926 Straube 4.5' baby grand, and wouldn't trade it for a Steinway of the same size! Straubes are unique instruments - because of the double overstrung harp, that 4.5 foot instrument sounds more like a 6 or 7 foot one. The sound that this little old piano produces is nothing short of amazing - and there's not a single section (bass, middle, treble) that's weak. For Lindeblad to give the questioner's instrument a "$300" value without even seeing the piano is simply ridiculous - especially when their own website, touting their 'restoration services', recommends restoring these "wonderful old instruments"!! I was actually thinking of sending our piano to them for some work on the pinblock and finsh before reading this answer - Now? Not so much!
What is the value of vintage piano. How to find out the year a piano was built. How to locate the serial number on a piano. Is a vintage piano worth restoring. What work is needed to be done to fix a piano. Additional information, diagrams, and restoration tours on pianos can be found at: http://www.lindebladpiano.com/piano_info.htm.
Piano Restoration Specialist. My family has been in the piano restoration business since 1920. I am now the fourth generation and have worked in the piano business my whole life. You can read about our family history at the following link: http://www.lindebladpiano.com/about.htm
Education/Credentials Learned from my father since I was a teenager. I have now been working in the piano restoration business specializing in the sale and restoration of vintage pianos for about 15 years.
Past/Present Clients Stanford University, City of Sacramento, Roanoke Civic Center, Piano Teachers, Musicians