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What is the year of manufacture of a Kohler & upright, 44

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What is the year of manufacture of a Kohler & Campbell upright, 44 inch high, labeled Professional? The serial # is 786083, model # is 3060. The damper pedal (only) is non-functional & all keys work well and do not stick. Untuned, relative pitch is intact but absolute pitch is off. General condition: normal wear & tear for a 50 or 60 yr. old piano, not particularly well maintained. The cabinet should be refinished as well as a routine re-build for occasional light entertainment use by my 75 yr. old wife. I only paid $300 for it, with restoration in mind. This is not meant to be an heirloom!
Any guidance you can give towards finding a qualified repairman (in El Paso, Tx.) or elsewhere would be appreciated. If there is a guild of pianosmiths (like gunsmiths have) might be helpful. Time is not critical.
Thanks so much for your help,
Harold Block, M.D.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 12 months ago.

Thank you for your patience.

From the maker's serial number records you piano was made in 1982, so it is around 34 years old and not quite as old as you perhaps thought. At 44 inches high it is classed as a Studio Piano

From the comprehensive information you have given it seems that it is in reasonable shape for its age and the amount you paid. Without seeing the condition of the hammers and other parts which can deteriorate with many hours of regular use, I cannot be sure but it may be that it has been well used in its past, which would perhaps account for the price and that some work may now need to be completed to bring it back in to full working order.

For the repair/restoration work please have a look at this website:- which is the Piano Technicians Guild. On this site you should find someone, hopefully quite near to you.

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