Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/rudolph pianos Ser # 96387

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Hi Samuel

i have a rudolph piano Ser # 96387 , it also has a sticker on the bottom from: National Association of Music Merchants with a # a61951 might you know what this # means?
I am trying to find a place that will have an estimated year/value for the fine peace of art, any suggestions would help

Thank You
Bill

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Hi Bill,

Your Rudolf (also produced as Rudolph) was manufactured in 1929. NAMM is probably the best place to answer your question about its serial number. You can contact them at http://www.namm.org.

As for the value of an instrument, a technician would have to visually examine it and assess the actual condition of the piano and know the local market in your area. The value as "a fine piece of art" would be outside the expertise of most technicians. An art dealer or a dealer in antiques would be better suited for this kind of appraisal. NAMM might be able to guide you to an expert in that field. If you want to know the fair market value of the instrument, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org) for a referral. Good luck.

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.

Experience

I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Education/Credentials
Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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