Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Upright Piano's Worth


I have an antique upright Behning & Sons piano with Serial #31883.....   On the inside there is a Patent plate with these dates:
August 18,1874
April 29, 1875
July 25, 1882
August 18, 1882

I haven't tuned or played my piano in 15 years; however it appears to be in great shape and sounds pretty good.   The following are some questions I have:
- is there a general price recommended for this serial # (in good condition) without restoring?
- what would be a general cost to restore it?
- what would be a fair cost after it is restored?

Thank you!

HI Lisa:

The piano was made in NY in 1904. (not really antique as far as pianos go)

In great shape...your hanging in the low hundreds neighborhood.

Restore is a funny word...it goes from refinishing the furniture, to complete restoration of the inside and out. Neither end of that spectrum is worth the thousands you would have to spend!!!!

For question three: for every dollar you put into the piano, it would return 10 cents or less  in value.

Be careful here. Unless this piano has some family heirloom value...I wouldn't go there.

Also, be careful of the unscrupulous rebuilder who says, "if you give me this much money, the piano will be worth this much (much, much more than you spend)." This NEVER turns out to be the case and those "restorers" aren't usually any good!

I hope that helped!

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