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Experience:  Certificate of Music Teaching. Musical Instrument Appraiser. Qualified Technician. Qualified Piano Tuner. Experienced in Buying, Selling, Restoring and Valuing Pianos for more than 20 years.
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I have an upright schleicher piano that I am holding friend

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I have an upright schleicher piano that I am holding for a friend in nyc. Someone painted the piano yrs. Ago with a waterbased blue paint. Not sure what yr. It is but am curious more than anything of what this piano is worth. It does sound really good for its she.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

Thanks for your question. My name is***** will be a pleasure to help you. I will ask you to complete the star rating and payment process after I have completed the question for you.

Can I ask you to check the spelling of the name on the piano as there are not any records for Schieicher. Is there a serial number and what is the height measured from the floor to the top of the closed top lid. Do you know if it has been regularly tuned please?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It is a schleicher piano serial number 231066 aporx height 31/2feet high 36 keys. Needs some tuning but remarkably very little
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Did you receive serial number and proper name schleicher??
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** completing the research on this for you now and will come back to you in about 30 minutes.

Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for your patience Chris. I have found 3 makers with various versions of the Schleicher name but only one with some details, although they are very basic records. The serial numbers stop at in 1931 with the number 95900 being the first number in that year so not near 231066.

It seems that they may have had a relationship with the Lester Piano Company and the serial number 231066 would date this piano in their records to 1953, so it is around 63 years old. This would fit in with the height of around 40 inches and it would be classed as a spinet piano.

This size of piano is now no longer made because the smaller size restricted the soundboard that could be fitted and thus the sound tends to also be restricted.

Pianos have a life of around 60 years due to the 'wear and tear' during use and the natural deterioration of the mechanical parts over time. This can be extended by regular tuning and maintenance and extensive restoration and/or re-building of the internal mechanics. The external finish whilst it may detract from or add to the sales potential of this piano does not affect the value a great deal.

Based on this piano being as originally built mechanically it will now have a value in the $400 to $600 range for a private sale.

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Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

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