Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Kohler and Chase piano


I have inherited a Kohler and Chase upright piano and bench from my Grandmother. It appears to be a spinet piano and in good condition on the exterior.  It was purchased by my grandparents around 1958. I am not sure if they bought it new or used. On the back in black charcoal is written "1915" and then there is a name signed in cursive. I cannot find a serial number on the inside of the piano.  My question is, is there a good charity to donate this instrument to and do you think it is of any value?
I can email pictures from my phone if you need them. Thank you.

Hi Kristen:

There are always charities that would love a good working piano.

Without a serial number dating is is tough at best. However, for the purposes of donation, that isn't important.

You can safely donate and value the instrument at 1500.00 for tax purposes.

As far as recipients go, try:

Churches, Schools, local theater companies, etc. Any 501C (3) registered corporations count. There are also local places that take donations to help battered women and children, etc.

Let me know how you do.

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