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My mother recently passed away and left us with her childhood Piano that she received for her 13th birthday back in 1952.  The serial number is 272239.  It appears to be in good condition but needs tuning.  What is the value, and is it worth spending the money to have it moved 175 miles, and have it tuned?  Thanks.  JT

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Hi John:

The piano was made in 1950.

It is a spinet at the low end of the piano world.

If it is in PERFECT condition, the worth would be around 900-1100.00.

If you want the piano for its heirloom value, then the moving money is not an issue.

If you're going to use it occasionally...then you may want to think hard here. Moving and tuning may turn out to be more than the piano is worth.

I'm guessing a piano mover will charge you 600.00 for that trip! Tunings, depending upon where you live will average at 115.00 per procedure.

Do you really need a piano?

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