Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Cable Imperial value?


We purchased a Cable "Imperial" (Aeolian Corp) console #454748 from a friend back in the mid 1980's. The kids are grown & we will be moving to a smaller place & no longer have room for a piano. The piece itself has a couple broken keys & is in bad need of a tuning. Any idea what would be a fair price to ask for it? Thanks for any assistance you would be able to give.

Hi Julie:

The piano was made in 1981.

If it were in perfect condition, the top price would be around 1200.00.

If it is in disrepair, of course the price starts dropping according to just how bad.

Do this:

Put it up for sale for 985.00 and let the buyer bring their own technician to check it out.

Allow ONLY a registered technician from the piano technicians guild. They should have a card proving their registered status, or you can go to http://www.ptg.org and plug in their name to see if it pops up.

If a tech isn't registered...don't let them in.

Good luck!

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