Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Upright piano value (if any)

Advertisement


Question
Piano
Piano  

Keys
Keys  
My parents have an old upright piano that they got as a hand-me-down 25 years ago.  The woman who gave it to them said her grandfather had purchased it at the 1893 Chicago Expo.  I don't know if this is true because it says "Chicago National" on the front and I don't think National was even around back then.  The number under the lid is 585.  I don't think it is worth anything, but I thought I would check to be sure.  And the piano does have the bottom cover, it just doesn't stay on very well.

Thank you so much!

Answer
Hi Jen:

There were several "National" pianos, but not that far back and not in Chicago.

However, there was a Chicago piano company that made very few pianos and I thing that is what you have here.

Monetarily, there is little value...in great shape a few hundred bucks at best.

The only real value is "heirloom" value.

If it turns out that this huge old upright is in your way, you would not be wrong to sell it or scrap it if it has no heirloom value for you.

I think at this point it's worth more as a piece of furniture than a piano.

I hope that helped.

Piano, Organ, and Keyboard

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Ralph Onesti

Expertise

I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

Experience

In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

Organizations
The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

Publications
The Piano Technicians Journal

Education/Credentials
Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

Awards and Honors
Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

Past/Present Clients
The list is rather extensive. I would suggest you go http://onestipiano.com/pages/testimonials.html where there is a comprehensive list of clients past and present.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.