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John, CT ABRSM, Piano Teacher CT ABRSM.
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Experience:  Certificate of Music Teaching. Musical Instrument Appraiser. Qualified Technician. Qualified Piano Tuner. Experienced in Buying, Selling, Restoring and Valuing Pianos for more than 20 years.
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I have a tiger oak Lakeside upright. I know it is little

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I have a tiger oak Lakeside upright. I know it is little value but it has sentimental value. Interested in its age. Serial number 108014
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for your question Elizabeth. My name is***** will be a pleasure to help you.

The serial number dates your piano to a build year of 1918, so your piano is in the order of 97 years old.

Generally pianos have a limited life span of 60 to 70 years, mainly due to the wear during use and particularly due to the natural deterioration of the major mechanical parts such as the action, the strings, the soundboard, the tuning pins and the pin block over time. This can be extended by careful regular maintenance/tuning/repairs and restoration or a full rebuild. Thus one of the overriding factors in any appraisal valuation on a piano is the age and condition of the internal mechanics.

Based on the information I have, assuming that it is still as originally built and has not been restored or rebuilt in the last 30 or so years but has had some tuning and maintenance over the years, I believe your piano has a value for a private sale of up to $500 and a replacement insurance value of $800. There are still a good many pianos of this size and type around and often for sale.

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Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 1 year ago.

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