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John, CT ABRSM, Piano Teacher CT ABRSM.
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Rudolph Wurlitzer spinet model #113246 value

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Rudolph Wurlitzer spinet model
#113246 value
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your question. My name is***** will be a pleasure to help you.
The serial number you have given dates this upright piano to a build year of 1930, so it is in the order of 85 years old.
Generally pianos have a limited life span of 60 to 70 years mainly due to the wear during use and natural deterioration of the mechanical parts over time, but this can be extended by careful regular maintenance and tuning.
The spinet is a small upright with a height in the order of 36 to 40 inches and thus the soundboard is compact and the action was fitted into quite a restricted space. Due to these limitations the volume and quality of sound tended to compromised. Thus this size of piano is generally no longer produced.
The Wurlitzer history dates back to 1856 when they were established in New York. The Wurlitzer name is ***** ***** by Gibson Guitars.
For this appraisal I will assume that the piano has not been restored and thus is as originally built and has had reasonably regular tuning over the years. Therefore based on the information I have, the age and the current market, I believe that it has a retail value for a private sale in the $250 to $500 range. If there has been some restoration work carried out on the internal mechanics and the outside casework in the last 20 to 30 years then this could increase the value but it would depend on the details. So please let me know the details and I will see if this would change the current value.
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