Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Which of my 2 pianos is better?


QUESTION: I recently acquired a second piano and don't know which is the better piano.
#1: Mason and Risch "Yorkdale" - serial 130086
#2: Mason and Risch "Henry Herbert" serial 87230
My son is using the piano in preparation for entrance to a university music program so we want to make sure we keep the better of the two - thanks!

ANSWER: Hi Marcel:

The 87230, was made in 1957, and the 130086 in 1964.

Usually, and that's a generality, the newer is the better.

However, it is difficult at best to select the better of the two without a hands on inspection.

Can you give me some idea as to the configuration of each: studio console, full upright, grand, etc.

You best bet is still that hands on inspection. For that you can go to http://www.ptg.org to select a registered technician in your area.

May I assume you are in Canada?

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QUESTION: Thanks for the info! And, yes we are in Canada - a great distance from any major center. I hope to get my information from you.
Both models are studio consoles and are in very good condition. The Henry Herbert appears to be a higher end piece (attention to detail w/ the wood etc.) and my son favours the sound and feel of it. I am at a complete loss as to what price to ask for the 130086 as we have decided to sell it. We really need help here and are curious as to the ballpark value of each.
Thanks again,

Hi Marcel:

That  helps.

First, they are too close in age to matter that much and if I were looking at both, and either was in good shape, I would then turn to the pianist for their input...and it looks like you got it!

I would start at 2,000.00 USD...not sure what that is in Canadian money.

What did you pay for the pianos?

Do you have a technician? We do have registered technicians in Canada! www.ptg.org

Let me know how you make out.


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