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Do you have the serial number please?
Has this piano been regularly tuned and maintained?
Yes, the dealer should willingly give you the full serial number which may start with several letters, as it is the only way to be certain of the age of this piano.
If it has at least been recently tuned then that is fine.
From the maker's records the number of 56371 gives the original year of build of 1927, so that makes it nearly 90 years old.
Has it been fully re-built in the last 10 years as that would make a big difference? If so the dealer should be able to give you the details of all of the main mechanical parts which have been repaired or replaced such as strings, soundboard, pin plank etc. What price is the dealer asking? Did you take any pictures when you viewed it as those would be very helpful to see.
Fully rebuilt and recently refinished pianos can look very new. Serial numbers are like car registration numbers and relate directly to the year of build. If this piano is only about 10 years old it would have a 6 digit number beginning 38????
The records show for Baldwin Pianos as follows:-
- the first number for 2006 is 384472.
- the first number for 2007 is 385709
- the first number for 2008 is 386496
Please be assured that I am trying to help you with this and ensure that you are not being sold an older piano being passed off as a nearly new piano. That said, if a piano, particularly with such a good name and quality history, has been recently fully rebuilt and refinished to a modern quality and finish standard it will be a very good instrument. Restorative work of this nature helps towards setting the depreciation time clock back towards zero.
I have checked again with other records and that serial number relates to 1927. Did the dealer give you this number, as pianos often have other numbers such as case and part numbers which can easily be mistaken for serial numbers.
If you are sure that it is only about 10 years old then I can just go ahead and give you the appraisal based on it being a 10 year old piano. Please let me know.
Fine thanks. I will come back to you within the next 30 minutes with the appraisal.
Thank you for your patience Loretta.
A new Baldwin 5 ft Grand piano such as a BP152, currently sells at around $15,000 with various Dealer discounts
Based on this Baldwin Baby Grand being approximately 10 years old, it would now have a sales value in the region of $7,500 to $9,000.
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