Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Piano value

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We have a Shubert cabinet grand upright piano serial #37286, 1903 steel sound board, Columbian Expo label inside top, seems in good tune, needs some ivorys replaced (3), varnish finish damaged on one end, otherwise good. Need to move now and wonder if its worth moving or if should leave behind and replace. Can you give us some idea of its value?

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Hi Karen:

The piano was manufactured in 1909.

If you are wondering whether of not to leave it behind, my first thought is to do just that.

If the piano were in very good condition, it might be worth a couple of hundred dollars...maybe!

This is just going to add weight to your overall move and it doesn't sound to me as if the piano has any heirloom (family)

If a piano is important, you would do better to find a younger studio console when you get where you're going..

When you finally land where it is your going, get back to me and I'll help you with that.

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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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