Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Woodward Cabinet Grand SN 25777

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What is the age?
It is not in good condition, needs to be taken apart to get it out of the basement because it does not fit up the stairs(been there a long time).  Can it be taken apart.  If it was to be restored at what price would the restoration price start and end. Is it worth it?

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Hi Ellen,

There were three brands with the name "Woodward" so I'm not sure what you have. Most likely, you have an instrument that is already past its useful life and not worth restoring unless it has sentimental value to you. Figure that the costs can range in the thousands, even close to $10,000 and then be worth only a fraction of the investment once the work is done. Parts are very expensive as is labor.

A professional mover can disassemble the instrument and cart it away. You can get referrals from the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org) or your local dealer can refer you as well.

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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