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I have a Lauter baby grand piano that was our parents. The serial number is 46911. It is in pretty good shape, but probably needs a tuning. We would like to know when it was made, what is the approximate value and what would be the best way to sell it if we should decide to. Thank you.

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Hi Tony:

The piano was made in 1914 in New Jersey.

Lauter was not a premier company and it only went from 1903 to 1918...hardly enough time to gain any sort of reputation.

A piano this old, from a lessor manufacture surely has issues...lie pin block torque, soundboard/rib structure, bridges, etc.

Accurately, the value is all but gone.

However, if you want to attempt a sale, put it in Craigs List, or post it at your local music store as the perfect student piano.

Ask 1500.00 and see where that goes. If the buyer wants to bring in their technician, let them. Insist that they are registered with the piano technicians guild. There is a card we carry that would prove that...it says REGISTERED on it. Or you can go to http://www.ptg.org to plug in a name. If it pops up...they are registered...if not, don't let them in the door.

Keep me in the loop!

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