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My friend has a J & C Richmond Grand Piano that he has inherited. It has a serial number stamped in the wood under the keyboard. It reads 38912. He is interested in selling it, but has had no luck identifying the serial number with a year of manufacture. Any info you could provide would be helpful in determining whether he should have a technician appraise the piano.

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Hi Dan:

The only "Richmond" name I could find was in Richmond, Indiana which was eventually controlled by Starr.

Your serial number comes up 1902 which would have been the very end of the manufacturing of "square" grand piano.

The value of these pianos is more of furniture than piano.

Your friend needs to find interior designers, architects, and antique dealers, etc to get the most out of the sale.

I have rebuilt several square grands. They are very, very expensive to rebuild, only a handful of rebuilders in the world can accomplish it as most of the parts have to be custom made. I know this as I was the source of the custom made parts.

Many times, people have asked me to remove the action and make the piano a cubby hole desk.

And I know people who have sold this type of piano for way more than it was worth because of its furniture value.

I hope that helped.  

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