Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Antique baby grand piano


We have a Wheelock, Aeolian baby grand piano - serial #300977. Any information on it would be greatly appreciated. We are looking to sell it but have no idea of actual age or value.

Hi Rick:

The original Wheelock company was in New York City.

It was started in 1877. By 1903 it was acquired by Aeolian which had two factories; one in Memphis and one in East Rochester, NY.

Your piano was made in 1933.

If you say "baby grand" I'll assume it's around 5' or so.

An Aeolian piano from the '30's, might have some mechanical and structural issues you can't see with your eyes.

To determine the worth, an assessment of the pin block torque, rib/sound board integrity, bridge caps, and action.

Let's assume for a moment that this piano is in perfect condition...in that case I would put it up for sale at 3,000.00 USD.

You can do that and let the buyer bring their own technician if they want. Just make sure you allow only a registered technician from the piano technicians guild.

Of course, you can go to http://www.ptg.org and find a local technician to give you a written evaluation. This does a couple of things; lets you know right off what shape it's in, gives you something in writing you can show your possible buyers, gives you an avenue to the techs clients who may very well want what you have there.

Also, you might want to consider donation to a 501C establishment. This will reduce your income for that year right off the bat.

I hope this helped!

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