Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Kimball grand piano

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QUESTION: Having trouble with no serial #.  Can't currently get to the piano.  Kimball Grand (not baby grand) circa 1950 - 1960.  Ivories replaced with plastic (brother ripped them all off and...).  Some dings. Has been in continueous use, tuning maintained.  Any ballpark value would be much appreciated!  Thanks!

ANSWER: Hi Paula:

Without looking...In very good condition...thins 2,500.00 to 3,500.00 USD.

Kimball serial numbers on the grands were sometimes found under the piano on the keybed or around there.

I hope that helped!

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QUESTION: Hi.  Thanks.  It helps but what would you say if the piano is in FAIR condition?  I assume that the missing ivories is a rather large factor?  How much of a difference can the serial # make?  Just curious.  Were there some Kimball serial numbers that were "better" than others?  This piano has no ornate features.  Thanks again, and I WILL rate you very helpful!

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Hi Paula:

About which part was I unclear?

RJ

Hi Paula:

If you think the dates you mention are fairly accurate, then forget about the serial number.

If you're saying that the ivories across the entire keyboard were replaced with plastic, that is a plus in my book.

Good condition means it looks presentable, plays, can be tuned and will hold a tuning.

And with that...I'll stick to my numbers.

But remember, if you're thinking of selling, you are fighting that Chinese market that is exporting pianos for 5K that are brand new...junk...but brand new.

So it's a question of asking for 10, hoping for 7, and taking 5!

And again, I'm just assuming you wish to sell...go to http://www.ptg.org. Find a list of registered technicians in your area. Call and tell them what you have. Many of them have clients looking to purchase pianos just like yours!!!

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