Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Hardman peck duo art player

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Can you  please tell me the value of  hardman peck duo art serial number:  136070. Also a reputable piano tuner in the ocean county area of New Jersey . Thank you

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Hi Tracy:

That serial number points to 1967.

By then, Hardman was owned by Aeolian who made many Duo Arts for such pianos.

To put a number on your piano, there are several questions that need addressing:

1. Grand...how long from the end of the closed lid to the edge of the keyboard?

2. Is the Duo Art functional?

3. That piano manufactured by Aeolian, most probably in Memphis, would have to be evaluated with regard to pin block torque, soundboard/rib structure, action viability.

I contacted some of my associates who are expert in player pianos and they tell me that the "heyday" of pneumatic players has long been replaced by the new electronically controlled players such as Yamaha's Disclavier and Piano Disk. This, they tell me, has significantly reduced the value of the older type players.

Further, the more sought after players and reproducing pianos are Steinways and Mason and Hamlins. Hardman is not among the top brands. And Aeolian was not among the top end of the manufacturers list.

But for argument's sake, let's say this piano was in perfect condition with regard to both player and piano...and that's a big assumption, then the top dollar figure would be around 5,000.00.

For a registered technician in your area, you should go to http://www.ptg.org. There you will find a place to "locate a technician". You will be given the opportunity to plug in your zip code bringing up a list of tested, registered technicians.

You should interview several and make sure they are comfortable with the fact that you have a reproducing piano.

Please let me know if I can help further.

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