Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/piano value

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I am donating a used Wurlitzer piano and bench in good condition for school/church use. I found the # 1511328 on back of piano.  Can you estimate the value of this donation.
Thank you.

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Hi Bruce:

The configuration of the piano is key here.

Is it a vertical or grand? If vertical, how high (model number). If grand...how long?

With that I can estimate it's worth.

However, please keep in mind, to make this legal for you and the IRS, you really need something in writing...an appraisal so to speak.

I can estimate it's worth, but upon an IRS audit...that won't suffice!

If you take the normal IRS amount for donations, this won't get it for you either.  You would have to itemize your donations. If you itemize, then we're  home free except for that appraisal.

The appraisal should be done with someone with credentials as in the case of a Registered Piano Technician from the Piano Technicians Guild. This will pass the IRS scrutiny should one arise.

You can go on http://www.ptg.org and put in your zip code where it says "locate a technician". I quick inspection and written report will keep you safe!

Again, I can ballpark you an amount, but this won't be formal enough for the IRS since I am not the inspector.

Let me know how you do!

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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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In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

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The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

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The Piano Technicians Journal

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Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

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Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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