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QUESTION: I have a W.P. Haines upright piano, with a serial number of 124247, which means it was made in 1970. I need to sell it. What would be a reasonable selling price? All the keys work. Probably needs a little tuning. It is in good condition with a few scratches.

ANSWER: HI Stephen:

Both the Haines W.P. numbers and the Winter numbers (Winter made them in later years) point to a manufacturing date of 1934.

Are you certain of the serial number?

If that is the case, and this is the normal upright piano (some 50 or more inches high) from that era, the price usually hovers around 300.00 or less USD depending on the condition and viability.

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QUESTION: I assume that is the serial number. I found in on the back in the upper corner engraved into the wood. I do know that my parents bought it new in 1970. I went to http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/ and the listing shows 1970's started with 121900 and 1971 started with 124900. That is why I placed 124247 in the year 1970, which makes sense of what my parents told me. My piano is only 39 inches height and 58 inches wide. I have attached an image of it that hopefully will help determine its value.

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OK...

By the time your piano was made, even the Winter company which was making W.P. Haines was purchased by the Aeolian-American Piano company in 1959.

The 70's for this piano makes sense.

I'm going to guess this is a console and not a spinet. Although I can't tell unless I can see inside.

You can tell though:

Open the top, if the Action mechanism seems to sit on top of the keys...that is the keys "disappear" under the mechanism, then it's a console...start the bidding at 1800.00.

If the ends of the keys are before the action and the mechanism sits lower than the back of the keys, it's a "spinet" or more technically correct, drop action piano...start the bidding at 1000.00.

You can let any prospective buyer bring in their technician for inspection as long as the tech is certified: Registered Piano Technician. You can look up their name at http://www.ptg.org.

Also, you sell this piano with no warranty either written or implied...As IS.

Good luck!  

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