Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Baus Boudoir Piano


I have a Baus Boudoir Piano.
Inside the top there are four seals one of which you would have to see. Then there is the serial number.

Seal 1:  The Agricultural Society of the State of Delaware

Seal 2:  P Baus & Co for their Exhibit of Pianos 1884

Seal 3:  International Exhibition United States Centennial Commission MDCCCLXXVI

Serial #:  BAUS 11628

It needs some work. What I would not know. Tell me the quality and age if you would and how much money you would put into it.

Respectfully Yours,
Leon Petty

Hi Leon

The Baus Piano Company was based in New York and controlled by Jacob Doll.

Your number indicates a manufacturing date of c. 1896.

All of that cool stuff pasted on it is purely decoration with no real significance.

The quality is no more or less than other pianos of that era, and that age puts up many red flags.

This piano certainly has the normal age related issues...structural, acoustic, etc.

For every dollar you put into this piano, you might get a nickel back, and even completely restored it would not be as good as some of the mediocre pianos being made today. The lesser companies of today have "copying" on their side. They can see what the innovations are and implement them cheaply.

Your piano was prior to our present day knowledge of acoustics.

So the short answer to how much money I would put into it would be, "none". At least that is what I would tell you if you were my client.

And if some "restorer" tells you that if you give them 5000.00, the piano would be worth 15,000.00, tell them to give you 2,000.00 for it and they can sell it and make money...see how that goes...

Well...I hope that helped. I hate being the bearer of negative news, but if this saves your wallet...my work here is done...LOL

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