Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Matheshuk & Sons Piano


Manufacturer label
Manufacturer label  
Serial number
Serial number  
QUESTION: My mother has a Mathushek & Sons upright piano her parents bought her in 1947. She had it restored in the 1970s and discovered it was made of persimmon wood. The serial number is 27990. I've attached pictures. You can see pictures of the actual piano at https://www.estatesales.net/GA/Chickamauga/30707/1226334. Can you tell me it's value l?Thanks.

ANSWER: Amelia:

The piano was made in 1894.

Completely restored means the following

New Sound board
New Bridges
New Hammer butts and flanges
New Damper system
New Hammer shanks
New Hammers
New Pin Block

Is that what was done?

[an error occurred while processing this directive]---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Yes. Everything.

Then the piano has to be worth around 10K.

A rebuilding like that in the 70's would have coast around 15K - 18K.

Is that what was invested?

You will need this evaluated first hand.

go to ptg.org and go to where is says: Locate a Technician.

You can use your zip code to locate a registered tech.

With that kind of money invested, you will want to make sure to have something in writing verifying all the work that was done and the present status of the instrument.  

Piano, Organ, and Keyboard

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Ralph Onesti


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


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.

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".

The Piano Technicians Journal

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.

©2017 About.com. All rights reserved.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]