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Hi I have an 'upright semi grand Hapsburg Beale and coy ltd. it also has a small image in a circle that appears to be a women sitting on something and a label with L. Isermann. It's serial number is 11594. Is it worth the effort of saving and how much is it worth? Thank you

Hi Pamela:

This piano was born in the late 1800's.

There is nothing worth "saving".

There is no worth on something of this manufacture and age.

If you need a piano, might I suggest something later than 1990 and American, Japanese, or Taiwan.

For every dollar you put into this piano, you will get a penny back.

I'm so sorry to be the bearer of this news, but it's better to get the cold facts then to get seriously abused at the check book level.

I hope that helped!!!

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