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I have an upright piano that has chas. f. Netzow mfg. co. on the inside. It also is marked with the # 32357 on it. It appears very old to me and I was wondering about an approx. age and weather it has any value or not. Thank you very much for your time.

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Hi Lora,

Your Netzow upright was manufactured in 1910. As for its value, a visual inspection would be necessary to ascertain its actual condition. Have a technician service your piano and provide an appraisal of its fair market value. Most instruments of this vintage had a life expectancy of about 100 years so most dealers assign a $0 value unless they are in remarkable condition or reconditioned. If you need a referral for a technician, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

Sam Noel

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Samuel Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.

Experience

I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Education/Credentials
Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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