Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Farrand Upright

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Mo wrote at 2011-01-09 22:52:42
I would look at the inside of the piano.  If the plate (the harp inside) is cracked then it is worthless for resale but could still be used as a beginner piano.  You should also look to see if all the strings are in tack.  You will also want to look for rust on the strings.  I have a Farrand Baby Grand.  This thing has been moved several times!  I have been playing on it for at least 30 years.  It is made extremely well, and the Farrand company is known for its expert craftsmanship.  Broken hammers and repading are minor and definitely worth fixing.  Good luck.


jerry wrote at 2011-05-06 01:27:42
Some Farrand pianos have sold for over $25,000 depending on the year and the serial number.  A basic restoration is about $8,000.  If they are pre-1900 in decent condition they are worth between $1,000 - $5,000 to someone who wants to restore it.  When you look at the piano, take an experienced appraiser with you if possible.  If it has been painted it loses value.  I have one myself.


veronica wrote at 2013-01-06 18:45:31
Actually the farrand piano that was free on craigslist we just picked it up yesturday and it was fine,All that needs to be done with it is the outside of it needs to be redone but besides that it's fine..

But i don't think i'm going to keep it becouse i dont have the time to do it myself.


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