Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Hobart M Cable

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Hello!

I have a vertical light brown Hobart M Cable piano with serial number 65232. It is in good condition and has a matching bench. I was wondering if you could give me any info on this and maybe an estimated range of value. I don't have any pictures uploaded yet. I also realize that I will need to have it looked at to get an exact answer. Just trying to get a head start on this.
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Hi Abbie,

The serial number provides information on the year of manufacture which is 1921. But without seeing the instrument it would be a shot in the dark. Generally speaking, pianos of this vintage last about 100 years. Most dealers would assign a $0 value to something similar unless it were rebuilt, reconditioned, or in pristine condition. Vintage pianos can fetch a few hundred dollars if they are in working condition. Your best bet is to have your technician evaluate the instrument and its value in your local area. If you need a referral, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

Sam 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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