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Good morning...We have a Whitney Chicago Baby Grand Manufacture by Kimball with an id # of 147861.
Could you tell us about the age value and any other relevant info regarding this piano.
Thank you for your guidance.

Hi Susan:

The Kimball piano company goes back to Chicago, IL in 1857. It settled finally in Jasper In.

The Kimball company made all kinds of pianos and organs, and the company didn't stop there. It made office furniture, truck parts, etc.

The Company exists today but not in the piano business.

Your piano was made in 1905 and all value is pretty much gone by now.

If it is viable, and I have reason to believe by way of experience, that your piano has "issues", it would be worth around 1200.00...maybe.

However, some of those issues would be the age of the strings, the integrity of pin block and its ability to hold a tuning, and the action.

Remember, these pianos were made with hide glue, a protein glue made from animal hide, and that dries and breaks down over time.

Unless this is a family heirloom, I would not invest anything in the way of restoration.

If you need a piano as a musical instrument, I would move on to something born in the mid to late 1990's, or perhaps even new.

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