Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/1910 Wellington


QUESTION: I have a 1910 Wellington Upright that has been in the family for 70+ years and was wondering if it has any value. Serial # 143459. It appears to be Mahogany and is in great condition. It plays but needs to get tuned and was wondering if it is worth to spend some money on it. Thanks

ANSWER: Hi Kyle:

We have to ask the question: "are we going to use the piano?"

If the answer is yes, then I would go to http://www.ptg.org to find a registered tech in your area. It would be worth the price of a service call for a tuning which would tell you where to go from there.

I'll tell you that passed a normal service visit, putting money into this piano for anything more is not cost effective.

If you do get that service call accomplished, get back to me with the results and do NOT be talked into anything!

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QUESTION: Thank you. It has ivory keys, tuning is great, appears to have some sort of African exotic wood such as mahogany. Pedals work and leather, strings,and other essential pieces are in great shape. Got an offer for more than I expected. Confused now.


There shouldn't be any confusion.

It appears from your thread that you're really not going to use the piano much.

If I'm not wrong here, take the offer!

Any money would be better spent on a  more recent, viable piano.

Remember, we're talking about an old piano that has been under 20 tons of stress for over a hundred years.

If this piano has not real heirloom or sentimental value, let it go.

If it is a family heirloom, then a service call is in order because you just MUST keep this piano.

Do you see where I'm going here?

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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


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