We have a Gulbransen "Minuet Console." My wife learned to play on it, so it's at least 68 years old. It has ivory keys, some chipped on the end. All wood, I think either Cherry or Mahogany, is in excellent condition. We want to sell it. Need advice and ballpark worth. Any help sincerely appreciated. Serial #336247
Hi, thanks for your question! Can you tell me how often it is tuned?
It hasn't been tuned in many years. All keys work, there are no "dead" keys.
Thanks for the information!The serial number actually dates this piano back to 1938 so you were pretty close on the age. Gulbransen pianos were on the lower end in regards XXXXX XXXXX compared to others of the day. Pianos do depreciate with age and the lifetime of an average piano is approximately 60-70 years before it would need major restoration. In addition, the smaller size of a console piano means lower value--in most cases the taller uprights are more valuable. Short uprights began appearing in the 1930's to make pianos accessible to more than just the upper class. Based on the maker, age, size and condition you describe, as well as the current piano market, this piano would be valued today at approximately $150-$250 depending on local market. Best wishes!
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Thanks for the appraisal. I thought it would be be worth more. Will probably donate if I can an organization that wants it.