Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Value


QUESTION: Hello. I have Rudolf Janisch, Wien #IV 12664. can you estimated market value?
Thank you


Estimating the value of this old German piano is tough from here.

Your photo indicates a piano that is dead on its feet so to speak,

and in that condition, and without seeing it first hand, I would say the piano has furniture value only, and as a piano, the value is all but gone.

I wish I had better news.

This may not even  be a normal, modern piano and your upside down photo isn't much to go on.

If you like, take more pictures of the inside and out so I can get a better idea of what you have there.

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there is more pictures...
Thank you very much...

Hi Roni:

The picture of the hammers tells me there was work done on the piano. Yamaha hammers are of course not original to this piano.

Ok...if the piano is viable...that is playable, serviceable, etc. and since it has a new set of hammers, I would put the value around 500.00 USD at the very upper end.

I hope that helped.

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