Hi, thank you for your question! I have completed thousands of musical instrument appraisals and will be happy to help with yours.
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The Prince company out of Buffalo was in business from about 1840-1871 and they made pianos and melodeons. Melodeons were the precursor to the reed organ, which was popular in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. There isn't too much of a market for these instruments today and many are often available for sale. This keeps prices low, despite the old age of the instruments. Many people believe that they should be worth a lot simply due to age but the market dictates otherwise.
Yours looks to be in very good condition despite age and that will help some with value. This appraisal assumes ORIGINAL condition, not restored condition. The latter would include full refinishing, restoration and rebuilding of all mechanical parts and repairing all wood.
In original condition, I would recommend a value of approximately $300-$600. In restored condition, I would recommend $1,000-$1,500. Best wishes!
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I see you are in Canada--the Canadian market could be quite different for an instrument like this, however with close proximity to the US it is possible they could easily get these types of instruments. Canadian prices would be a bit higher just due to the exchange, but I am not able to figure that. Can you tell me where you got the price range you gave me? Perhaps I can help make sense of it.
Ok, I'm sorry you don't like my answer but I am trying to help you further. If you don't wish to do so then I understand.
I'm not sure how I would know where you're from--all I can see at first is the price, which is different than normal, indicating a different country. Now it says you are from Canada. So I can't do anything about that. I'm sorry you feel my prices are not accurate, but that's only your opinion. I've appraised thousands of keyboard instruments. You're welcome to request a refund and attempt to sell this instrument for $6,000. That is well above what it is worth, especially considering the hundreds of thousands of them produced by the Prince company. Best wishes.