Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Kimball Grand value


I just found a Kimball Grand piano in a Habitat for Humanity store.  They said the action has been fully re-built, and it does appear to have mostly new parts.  It also has obviously been tuned and seems to have a good tone.  The model number is 5883, and the serial number is B51800.  I am considering it for our small church.  They are asking $2400 for it.  What is you opinion on both the price and long-term utility for this instrument?

Hi Ron:

That sounds like one of the last grands built in 1996.

I think they were 5' 8" in length.

The asking price is OK. However, I would have the pin block  viability verified by a registered member of the piano technicians guild. If the wooden assemblies are good...take it home.

If you take it home before having it looked at, you could wind up with an unserviceable piano.

Go to http://www.ptg.org for a registered tech in your area.

You could wind up with a piano and someone qualified to care for it all in one day.

Long term utility would depend on the analysis by the tech. If the block is good, you might be OK for 30 years or so.

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