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MERRILL PIANO MFG CO  BOSTON  s/n 14154

ACOUSTIC TONE ATTACHMENT

CAPO D'ASTRAD BAR-REPETITION ACTION

I am considering donating to our local historical society for their period home.  Built approx 1907 ? Can you guesstimate a value ?  1 action pedal needs repaired, one hammer needs put back on.  Keys are perfect. Sound is good. Moved into our home 20 years ago & is kept as furniture (climate control)...not tuned regularly nor played.

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Hi Cassandra:

The piano was built in 1906.

If you are looking for a tax write off, then anything I say here won't help as you will need a true, hands-on appraisal.

From here, and for the sake of argument, a piano that was of this manufacture (factory went out in 1926# is surely to have some issues.

The pin block torque is highly suspect #the ability for the piano to hold a tuning# Soundboard/rib assembly integrity #these piano were made of hide glue), are high on the suspect list.

Remember, we're talking a 100+ year old piano.

If it were in "perfect" condition, perhaps 3,000.00 but that would have to be verified by that hands-on appraisal.

If I were you I would go to http://www.ptg.org. There you can go to the "Locate a Technician" area and plug in your zip code.

A list of Registered technicians will pop up in your area. Interview several to find out who is comfortable with writing up a qualified appraisal for donation purposes. Have him/her come out, inspect the piano and give you a written evaluation with their signature affixed.

I hope that helped!

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