Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/h.c bay


Hi,I have an h.c. bay baby grand. The ser# is 8403 the piano is in great condition, although needs new strings. Is it worth rebuilding, and what might it be worth before and after rebuild.

Hi Justin,

The serial number indicates the year of production which is 1918. To ascertain whether or not a piano is worth rebuilding and its value requires a visual inspection. In general, the cost of rebuilding a piano can be prohibitively expensive; the cost can easily surpass the value of the piano after the work is completed. The exceptions are premium brands that command high resale values such as Steinway, Bechstein, Mason & Hamlin, etc.

Have your technician look over the instrument and provide you with an estimate after visually inspecting it. If you need a referral, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.


I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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