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Dear Ralph,
I inherited a piano and if you could tell me any information about the year and value, or where to locate more information about the year and value. I would greatly appreciate the information. I tried to look up on blue book and on line sources. The piano is a George Steck & Co. made in NY. The serial number is 124105 with a z above this number. Aeolian is also on the piano. Also, there is information on two small pieces of paper under the piano which says National association of Music Merchants 916460 and National Piano Manufacturing Association 916460. The piano is two tone brown
Thank you very much for your time.
Kathleen

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Hi Kathleen:

The piano was built in 1931 after Steck became part of the Aeolian Company in 1904.

The sticker: "National Association of Music Merchants" was put on just about every piano Aeolian Built. They mean nothing of any significance.

So, what is the configuration?...Grand, Full upright, Console?

Hi again Kathleen!

OK...a grand. So many areas go into stating a value of a piano. It's viability is the biggest issue and by that I mean serviceability and usability. Also, this is it's 84th birthday and there are certainly some age related issues like pin torque (the ability for the piano to take and hold a tuning) soundboard/rib integrity, etc.

But for the sake of this discussion, let's say the piano is in "perfect" condition for it's age, then, I'm thinking the value would fall between 2 and 3 thousand dollars.

If you were close by and needed a definite value, say for insurance purposes, then I would strongly suggest that I come by for an appraisal. Let's assume you are out of my range...then go to http://www.ptg.org. There you can do a look up for a registered technician. They can perform some routine tests and give you something in writing so you could insure it properly.

Most homeowner's policies will cover it for 500.00 if you don't list it in a separate rider.  

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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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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.

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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".

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The Piano Technicians Journal

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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.

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

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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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