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I have a Koehler spinet/upright from 1950...need to know…

I have a Koehler Campbell...
I have a Koehler Campbell spinet/upright from 1950...need to know approx value and if it is worth keeping
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Hi, thanks for your question! I am a musical instrument appraiser and can help you with your piano.

Spinet pianos were the smallest type of upright made and would measure in between 35-40" tall. They were a product of the difficult times of the great depression and were the piano industry's attempt at staying in business by producing these cheaper pianos. In addition to shorter strings and a smaller soundboard, they also had a "drop key" action which felt different than the key action of a larger upright. For these reasons, spinets are no longer made.

Kohler & Campbell was a well known American piano company for years, but have now been out of business for a while. The name is ***** ***** on some Asian built pianos.

Based on the maker, size, and age of your piano and considering depreciation in value over nearly 70 years since built, I would recommend a selling range of approximately $350-$600 in a private sale. As far as keeping, that is up to you and what you would want it for. I would personally invest in a larger piano if you are going to use it and enjoy it often. Best wishes!

Please select a rating before leaving--I aim for five stars! This is how the website credits me, an independent appraiser, for completing this for you. Thanks!

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Hello,

Thank you for your patience.

Pianos and spinets are a bit of a 'hard sell' on today's market.

Realistically, at auction, a vintage Kohler Campbell upright/spinet sells at auction for upwards of only $150.

The best method for divesting would be through donation. Salvation Army has a great program that provides freight pick-up of large items and you can enter a tax donation receipt with the IRS for the year it was donated.

Please take a moment to leave a rating by clicking the stars. If you require further assistance, no worries, the question thread does not close even after leaving a rating.

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