Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/DH Baldwin C152


Hi Ralph,  I have 4 questions:
1.  I am looking to purchase a DH Baldwin C152 - the serial # is 51225.  Could you please provide the year and country built.  Price is asked for 5,000.  Is it overpriced?

2. I am looking to another one Kawai.  Price is asked for 5,000.  Here is the condition:
Kawai Ebony 5'8 grand, case does have some nicks and shows its age, built in 1960s.  Is the price reasonable?

3.  I own a spinet Ascoutic Baldwin that sounds beautiful, built in 50s (I think).  Should I sell it to get (1) or (2) as described above.  What is the price for this one?

4.  How to get the piano info with serial#?

Thanks so much for your help.

Hi Dainam:

1. The D.H. Baldwin you have was made in Korea by Samick...bottom of the barrel. Correct price: 3,500.00

2. The Kawai is a better make, but NO Asian manufacturer knew what they were doing in the 1960's. Too much if it is viable at all. That's OLD for an Asian piano.

3. The Baldwin you own is probably worth around 900.00 if it is in really good condition.

4. You can come here with any serial number questions you have. I will be happy to help.

Now for some advice.

1. If you're thinking Asian, think 1990 or later. Think Yamaha, Kawai, Young Chang.

2. The Chinese do not make good pianos...yet.

3. If you are buying used, always take a certified member of the piano technicians guild with you, and don't do that until you think you found the piano of your dreams. Talk to them by phone first, and by all means get back to me here anytimg.

You can find a certified member of the guild by going to http://www.ptg.org. They are tested and follow a strict code of ethics. Why all  technicians aren't members is a mystery to me. Maybe they can't pass the test...who knows.

Let me know how you do.  

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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


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.

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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.

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

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