Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Baldwin Grand piano

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We recently purchased an old manor home to refurbish, and the previous owners left behind a lovely old piano that is also in need of some love. Before I start looking into refurbishing it, I would like to know a little bit about the history, quality and value of the piano if possible. The piano is a Sargent, made by Baldwin in Cincinnati. Serial number is 224965. Is there anything you can tell me? Thanks!

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Hi Dan:

This piano was made in 1931. D.H. Baldwin was the controller and later Gibson Guitars more recently.

By now, the piano has issues related to age and manufacture.

And by now, most of the value is all but gone.

A recent questioner got a bit miffed with me because I said a particular piano was of no real repute, but I'm here to protect you. The Sargent is not a top of the line piano.

As with many pianos of this level, for every dollar you put in you will realize only a small percentage in return making any real investment cost-ineffective.

If you were a client of mine, I would suggest having it evaluated for it's present viability.

I would ask the following:

Do you need a piano in your life? (of course you do...we all do)

If you do, how will you use it?

We would test the piano for tuning pin torque, sound board integrity and action viability.

If the answer to the first question was "yes"...I may just push you into trading in the Sargent for something used and more viable. The best someone like I can do at that point is run interference for you with retailers.

My first suggestion is always to go to http://www.ptg.org. Using your zip code, look up registered technicians in your area. It's worth a service call to have a look.

Beware of someone who wants to evaluate the piano in their shop...no...no...no. The piano gets evaluated in your home, a written appraisal is performed and delivered if necessary with the costs to get the paino in shape.

At that point, you get back to me with the results and we talk some more.

Remember, there is no rush to rebuld pianos! We do rush to get it right however.

Keep me posted!

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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