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1917 Kurtzmann
1917 Kurtzmann  
How can I find the approx top value over last 25 yrs, if good condition, of upright Kurtzmann 1917 #63555 piano? Needed to recover funds from someone who took advantage of elderly relative claiming piano worth suspected highly overinflated $40,000! Nobody local seems to know. Thank you.

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Hi Monica,

I can't appraise an instrument sight unseen, however it is highly unlikely that the piano in question is worth anywhere $40,000. Similar pianos fetch in the hundreds. $1000 would be the top end if the piano has had work done.

Have a qualified piano technician visually examine this instrument. If you need a referral, you can contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

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.

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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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