Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Age and value

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I have a Monarch upright piano. The serial number is 66148.  It is 54" tall in what appears to be a mahogany or dark walnut finish.  Can you tell me the age of the piano?  Also a ballpark idea of what the value range?  The charts and books I have found do not include this number.  
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Brenda

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Hi Brenda,

Your Monarch upright was manufactured in 1911. As for its value, I would need to visually inspect the instrument. In my local area, New York, dealers usually assign a $0 value to similar instruments of this vintage unless they are in extraordinary condition or have been reconditioned. Private sellers can usually fetch a few hundred dollars for similar instruments. Have a technician visually inspect your piano so that you can have a better idea of its actual value in your local area. If you need a referral, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (ww.ptg.org).

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.

Experience

I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Education/Credentials
Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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