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We gave our Kimball consolette piano to our daughter and her

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We gave our Kimball consolette piano to our daughter and her family so that her children could take piano lessons. We purchased the piano from a neighbor in 1973 and assumed it was probably 10 - 20 years old at the time. Except for the 2 years that it was in storage, it has been cared for. Before lessons, it needed to be tuned. Now we have learned that it needs the hammers restored. Is it worth the $600. quote that has been given to repair the hammers and tune it?
Thanks, Linda
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
Hi thanks for your question! Please give me a few minutes to look into values for you and I'll be back in touch shortly.
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your patience. The short answer to your question is "no". You probably wouldn't even be able to sell the piano for $600 in excellent condition, simply because of its age. Cosmetic condition can be maintained pretty easily but the mechanics of a piano will age even with regular maintenance. A 50 year old piano would need restoration to be in excellent condition, and having the hammers repaired or replaced would be part of that. I would recommend selling the piano and purchasing a newer one. In most cases, even one that's 20-25 years old would be in much better shape due to age alone. The only way I would recommend having the hammers restored is if this piano had significant sentimental value to you and you needed it to be in top playing condition. I hope this helps, best wishes!

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