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I have a werner piano serial # 83149.i was told its listed in presto buyers guide.i cant find this info anywhere or even any info about werner piano co. Why is it so hard to find info on this.i know it was made in 1914. Im trying to figure out a basic value. Its in good condition and has beed resrored. Everything is in working order and has been tuned. Can you help me in any way possible.

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Hi Erica:

The Werner Piano Company was based in Chicago and after 1920 was affiliated with M. Schulz.

Your piano was indeed listed as 1914.

Without knowing what was done in the restoration process, it's hard to define the worth of what I'm assuming here is a full upright piano.

In the restoration process, the following might have been done:

Action work: hammers, shanks, butts, whippens, back checks, etc.

Pin block: usually not replaced on and upright but possibly restrung with oversized pins.

Soundboard: usually not replaced on an upright but possibly ribs re-glued.

Case: refinished.

If you can provide photos, in and out, I may be able to get close for you.

You state that the piano has been  tuned. Was that by a Registered member of the Piano Technicians Guild? If so, they would be able to help with what was done on the piano.

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