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My son just acquired the above mentioned piano manufactured by gilbert & Co. with a J.S. Ivers organ attachment, serial number 3490.We're trying to find out historical information, date of manufacture and possible value after refurbishing.
He has re-built a Steinway model O from 1922 and is getting ready for another challenge.

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Hi Andrew:

These old "coffins" were popular at one time.

The worth is in the eye of the owner.

As a long time rebuilder, I would always caution rebuilding square pianos on speculation of worth!!!!

First off...action parts must be custom made. I did this for a lot of rebuilders. The only person that benefited from that was I.

So your son can do this out of a labor of love...but worth won't come from it.

The piano was manufacture c. 1860.

It will need complete restoration: sound board, block, bridges, action!!!

For every dollar invested in either parts or labor you will net a penny.  

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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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