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Experience:  Master's degree in Music. Member, AOA.
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What is the value of a Wm. Knabe 1941 Grand Piano with

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What is the value of a white Wm. Knabe 1941 Grand Piano with player piano box attached? Serial number 126098
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Customer: Player piano with scrolls and still works.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 4 months ago.
Hi, thanks for your question. Could you comment on mechanical and cosmetic condition? When was it last tuned?
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 4 months ago.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Overall, cosmetically it's in good shape. The keys are dirty but other than that, it looks good. I'm not sure when the last time it was tuned but we put the scrolls on and played it recently and it sounds good. It needs to be tuned I'm sure.
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for the information!

I did confirm through Knabe serial records that this piano was built in 1941 as you were aware of. Knabe was one of the larger US piano builders and was well known throughout most of the 20th century. They have, however, since gone out of business, though you may find some Asian built pianos which use this name.

It's important to consider condition and age when valuing a used piano. With this piano being 75 years old, it will have lost most of its value based on appraisal standards. I'm glad to hear it still works and the player action works. A potential buyer of a piano like this may or may not be interested in its ability to act as a player. I find many people are looking for a used baby grand at a good price and don't necessarily need the player function.

Based on your description of the piano and considering maker, size, age, condition and the used piano market today, I would recommend a selling range of approximately $2,000-$3,000 in a private sale, with final price determined by your local market, method of sale and actual condition. Best wishes!
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Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 4 months ago.

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