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John, CT ABRSM, Piano Teacher CT ABRSM.
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I have an FJ Bayley Piano, I believe it was made in 1960 I'm

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I have an FJ Bayley Piano, I believe it was made in 1960 I'm wondering if it is worth anything? I have pictures if needed.
Thank you, Kim
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for your question Kim. My name is***** will be a pleasure to help you. I will ask you to complete the star rating and payment process after I have completed the question for you.

I am assuming that this is an Upright Piano, is that correct? If so, what is the full height measured from the floor to the top of the closed top lid please? Has your piano been regularly tuned and maintained? Have any of the internal mechanics been replaced or restored over the years or is it all still as originally built? Pictures, particularly of the internal mechanics, would be very helpful. Could you please attach them on here using the paperclip or the +Add button on the menu bar in the reply section.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Honestly, I have no idea on the maintenance, it was in the house we bought. But my neighbor plays piano and she says it sounds in tune.
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the information and pictures.

This was originally a player/pianola piano but it appears form the photos that the player parts have been removed. By the size and style of the cabinet I would assess that it is older than the 1960's and probably at least some 70 to 90 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, the pin block, etc., over time. This can be extended by careful regular maintenance/tuning/repairs and some restoration over the years or a total re-build/restoration of the major mechanical components. Thus one of the overriding factors in any appraisal valuation on a piano is the age, type and condition of all of the major parts of the internal mechanics.

Therefore based on the information I have, I believe this piano has a value in the $100 to $400 in a private sale.

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