Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Cabel-Nelson Piano

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Hello,

I have a Cable-Nelson serial #36042 Upright Grand stamped Chicago on the front. Could you tell me a little more about what year this was made? And about what the value of it might be?

Kindly,
Ryann

Answer
Hi Ryann,

Your Cable-Nelson upright was manufactured in 1905. To appraise the value of an instrument requires a visual inspection of it so I can't really tell you the value of your piano. Most pianos of this vintage are assigned a $0 value by dealers in my area unless they are in remarkable condition or have been reconditioned and/or rebuilt. A private seller can usually fetch a few hundred dollars if the piano is functional. There are exceptions of course. Have a technician examine your piano and appraise it based on its actual condition and your local market. You can get a referral from the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org).

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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