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I received  a Schiller Chicago  piano from my in-laws. It is a upright grand  that has a s/n of 18903. Cabinet looks to be made of  red mahogany and veneer. it plays but has not been tuned in over 10 or so years. I know nothing about pianos and was thinking of gutting it and salvaging the wood for projects. Would like any info on age, history, value. i hate to destroy it if it has history or is worthy antique. thank you for your time.

Hi Travis:

The piano was made in 1903.

There is no real value left as a piano.

You are correct in saying that it is mahogany veneer of core wood. The Core wood was generally poplar but that varied.

These old babies are really not worth restoring unless there is heirloom (family history) value.

If you're going to gut it, be carful of the strings. When cut, they are like hypodermic needles. They will go through your skin with ease.

The strings and tuning pins must be removed first, then the plate, which by the way probably weighs in at over 300 pounds...so be careful.

Remember, the veneer and core woods are held together with hide glue. The enemy of hide glue is moisture and bacteria.

I hope that helped!

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