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Hi Ralph, can you helpme with my piano ? Hello, I live in Argentina. I have a piano, you can read Henry F. embossed gold miller. It has a number 38884. It has a huge bronze harp ivory keys. their legs are worked with relief. I have pictures if you want. Once, I did tune and I read something about Boston and the year 190 ... XX? I would not disarm it again just to see the year. I do not remember, but it's pretty old. Do you know that may have value? and what model might be? my email is . You can see pictures here

http://s1124.beta.photobucket.com/user/tuwaltek/library/PIANO

thanks, pablo

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Hi Pablo:

The piano was made in 1910.

The value, as a piano, is all but gone I'm afraid.

The is no real "model" per se. It is the normal, full size vertical and Henry F. Miller were very good pianos in their day.

However, at over 100 years old...as a piano...the value is nominal at best if in fact it can be serviced and by that I mean tuned and repaired.

As old as it is, it is a modern piano so unless we're talking strictly furniture, there is no antique value...although some would keep it around as furniture only.

Remember, these pianos were made of hide glue, and that has two main enemies; moisture and bacteria.

As these pianos get older they dry out, the pin blocks get loose so tuning it a problem.

Are you thinking of keeping the piano? Fixing it up? Selling it?

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

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The Piano Technicians Journal

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Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

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Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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The list is rather extensive. I would suggest you go http://onestipiano.com/pages/testimonials.html where there is a comprehensive list of clients past and present.

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