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Experience:  Master's degree in Music. Member, AOA.
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A Steger & Sons upright piano. Serial number 5857 #12? I

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A Steger & Sons upright piano. Serial number 5857 #12?
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Customer: I believe it was manufactured in Illinois 1910-1920
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  Tyler, MM, AAGO replied 1 year ago.
Hi, thanks for your question! I'm happy to help. Steger and Sons pianos suffered the same fate as many other companies of the day as they did not fare well after the depression. Old upright pianos from this era are very common on the used market which helps keep prices low. In addition, pianos decline in value with age as the mechanical parts wear. A full restoration improves value dramatically and if you've researched piano prices online you may have found some restored pianos offered for sale at high prices. For an unrestored upright like yours, in good working condition, I would recommend a selling range of approximately $150-$300 in a private sale. Best wishes!
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