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Hi I am interested in purchasing an antique de Kalb baby grand piano for my daughter. The seller told me it is from 1916-1919 but I don't know much more about it. I was interested in finding out the worth of this piano before I invest in it and about how much it would cost to restore and tune it-although it's in pretty good condition. Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

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Hi Natalie:

The name comes from the state of Illinois.

This was a very small piano manufacturer without much output.

The piano is not an antique and has no antique value.

As a piano I would be very, very, very careful before purchasing.

First off, we do not restore Dekalb pianos. If they are usable...OK. But before I decided to purchase this instrument, and the top value would be in the hundreds, I would have it inspected by a REGISTERED member of the piano technicians guild.

Go to http://www.ptg.org. There is a place where you can do a look up of technicians in your area. Interview a few and pick someone with over 10 years experience in pre-purchase evaluations.

There are many things that can be wrong here not apparent to the buyer: bridges, pin block, sound board/rib integrity, etc.

There is nothing more frustrating than to bring a piano home only to be told that it can't be serviced.

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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