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John, CT ABRSM, Piano Teacher CT ABRSM.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
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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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Baby grand Kimball #383214 black

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baby grand Kimball #383214 black
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 4 months ago.

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Has your piano been regularly tuned and maintained? When was the last tuning?

Have any of the internal mechanics been replaced or restored over the years or is it all still as originally built?

Also if you have any pictures, particularly of the internal mechanics which you could attach on here using the paperclip or the +Add button on the menu bar in the reply section, that would be very helpful.

Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 4 months ago.

Hello again. I see that you have not viewed my information request - it could be that you did not receive the Email to advise you that the information request is on here waiting for you. So I am following up to see if you need any further help on this question please? If you would like me to complete the work I have started for you and continue with the appraisal to give you a valuation please let me know. If it is a problem with getting the pictures and putting them on here, I can continue without them if that is easier for you. Thank you. John.

Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 4 months ago.

Thank you for coming back to me. I see that you have requested a live phone call. Just to let you know that because invariably, to complete an appraisal on musical instruments, it requires considerable research in documents, files, records, books and on web pages, I am therefore not able to complete Live Phone Calls because it is not practical to do the research at the same time and often it may also require you to find information such as numbers and to do measurements on the instrument.

I can complete this for you on here with a full written appraisal, with a little more information from you please as in my initial information request. Please let me know if you wish to continue on here.


Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Call please
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 4 months ago.

I am sorry but I am unable to call you right now. John

Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 4 months ago.

Hello again.

I will assume that your piano has been fairly regularly tuned and except for tuning and the associated maintenance with tunings it is essentially as originally built. If it is any different please let me know and I can then asses if it changes the valuation I have given.

From the maker’s records the serial number gives a year of build for your Piano of 1930, so it is in the order of 86 years old.

Generally Pianos have a limited life span of around 60 years mainly due to the wear during use and natural deterioration of the mechanical parts over time, such as the action, the strings, the soundboard, the tuning pins, the pin block, etc. The life of these instruments can often be extended by careful regular, usually at least annually, maintenance/tuning/repairs and some restoration over the years or a total re-build/restoration of the major mechanical components. Thus one of the overriding factors in any appraisal valuation is the age and condition of the internal mechanics.

Based on the information I have, your Kimball Baby Grand Piano now has a value in the region of $1,900 to $2,400 for a private sale.

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If you are disappointed in the value given ‘please do not shoot the messenger’, I can only give you a value based on the current markets and a reflection of the same or very similar sales. Owners of musical instruments often have a very sincerely ***** ***** that their ‘pride and joy’ is particularly valuable and sometimes it is, but musical instruments unfortunately generally depreciate with age and/or changes in technology. Many thanks and if you need any more help or explanations on the value I have given please contact me before you complete the rating.


Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Call please
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 4 months ago.

The premium phone call service has now expired but as I explained before, I am sorry but I am not able to call you. Please see my written appraisal as shown above. Thank you. John

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