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Heitzman upright serial#32205. beautiful condition. I want

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heitzman upright serial#32205. beautiful condition. I want to donate to the music department of a christian school. I need to know the value.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 1 year ago.

Hello Diann,

My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help.

Do you mean Heintzman? Or Heitzmann?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
heintzman - sorry
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
heintzman
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you!

The serial number indicates that your piano was built in 1907. Has it had regular tuning? Has it had any internal restoration?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it has always been well maintained. Came from a musician and in later life a piano teacher then left to my mother who was like a daughter. My mother had it regularly tuned and used it. It was left to me when my mother passed away 3 years ago and has not been tuned in that time. The school will have it tuned. It is really a beautiful instrument but I have a baby grand in my home and can,t use it. I'm only giving it to the school because I want it to continue to be needed and used The music leader is a pianist and appreciates it's value to the school.
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 1 year ago.

Old pianos have no value just for being old. In other words, prospective buyers are not collecting pianos; they want to be able to play them. Pianos have parts that wear out and must be replaced, and a piano that hasn’t been regularly tuned will not hold a tuning. So, old pianos are at a disadvantage in the market.

That being said, if your piano is in excellent condition, both cosmetically and operationally, its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $1,500. The fair market (private sale or auction) value is approximately 40% of the retail amount or $600. This is the figure the IRS uses for deductions.

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