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What is the estimated value of a Steinway upright piano from

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What is the estimated value of a Steinway upright piano from 1939, average condition, not restored. I think the SN is 299762 or
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
Hi, what is the height of this piano? How often is it tuned?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Not sure, beside the SN is says “40”, maybe this is the height? Have no information about the tuning...
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
A 40" tall Steinway is pretty rare. A you able to measure it or find a picture of it? The difference in height will mean a difference in value.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It's in an antique store about 30 minutes away from my house. I just called them and they measured it, they said it was about 39"
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
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Thank you for the information. At 39" tall this would be considered a spinet piano which is the smallest size of piano made. Most Steinway uprights were much larger but they did produce some spinet and console sized pianos as well. Based on the current piano market and your description of average, unrestored condition, this 1939 Steinway spinet would have an approximate value of $1,400-$2,100 in a private sale with final price determined by actual condition and local market. Best wishes!

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 5 years ago.
No problem