Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Piano Value

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QUESTION: Hi Ralph,

Please provide the price value of Grand Baldwin Piano Model C - Year: 1993?  Is it a good piano to pursue to purchase?

Thanks.

ANSWER: Hi Dainam:

What we need here is a serial number first to determine the true age.

Second, it should be looked at by a registered member of the piano technicians guild. You can go to http://www.ptg.org to find a technician in your area.

Third, in excellent condition, no more than 4,500.00 USD.

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QUESTION: Hi Ralph,

1) I have serial number.  Only 1 owner.  Should I pursue to purchase it?
2) What a RPT provide after seeing the piano?  Will a RPT know the value of the piano?  Being said that, how much is fee range for the service?

Thanks you.

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Hi Dainam:

I need that serial number to verify the age.

With regard to the RPT, go to http://www.ptg.org. In the upper right hand corner you will see an area to locate a technician.

Put in the zip code where the piano is. The list is of RPS's only.

Interview several. We're looking for someone with appraisal value. I would like to see an RPT with at least 10 years experience.

They can tell you the condition and range of worth for the piano and discuss with you the possibilities of purchase.

As far as fees go, that is at the discretion of the technician. Only they can tell you.

Personally, if you were my client, an appraisal inspection would be 170.00 USD.

I hope that helped!  

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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

Experience

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.

Organizations
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".

Publications
The Piano Technicians Journal

Education/Credentials
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.

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

Past/Present Clients
The list is rather extensive. I would suggest you go http://onestipiano.com/pages/testimonials.html where there is a comprehensive list of clients past and present.

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