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Upright Janssen piano value

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Hi I have an upright Janssen piano. Serial number 70685. I'm not sure of the year, but it has 1929 written in pencil next to serial number?? (probably by a previous owner). Piano is in good condition, just needs tuning. I need to know exactly what year and model this is and  how much it is worth if I want to sell it?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
Hi, welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question!

1929 is indeed the year this piano was built. Looks like somebody already looked it up, likely a piano tuner. As for model that's about impossible to know. Piano models change yearly and many pianos didn't have model names or numbers. Pianos are more commonly referred to by their maker, type and size. In this case you have what appears to be an upright grand due to the tall case.

Unfortunately this piano is not in good condition. Based on the pictures of the case and peek into the inside this piano would be graded in poor condition. The felt looks like it needs to be changed, the tuning pins look like they haven't been touched in decades and there may not be enough clearance between them and the iron plate which leads to instability in tuning. The cabinet also appears to be visibly worn, though the value of a piano comes primarily from the mechanical parts. Because of the condition and the very old age of it this piano has a low value. In present, untuned condition it has an approximate value of $75-$150 in a private sale based on the current piano market. I hope this helps and wish you the best!

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