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John, CT ABRSM, Piano Teacher CT ABRSM.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
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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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Value of w.p. haines spinet 130732. Cabinet excellent

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Value of w.p. haines spinet 130732.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Musical Instrument Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: Cabinet excellent condition
JA: Is there anything else the Musical Instrument Appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: Had it checked out. Everything is tight. Just needs tuned
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

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Has your piano previously been regularly tuned and maintained? Can you please confirm the full height measured from the floor to the top of the closed top lid.

Have any of the internal mechanics been replaced or restored over the years or is it all still as originally built?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.

John, the piano is as originally built, no restorations.

It has not been internally maintained but has been sitting in a living room rarely having been used for approximately 10 yrs. The keys and outer appearance is excellent.

I believe the height is 38". The accompanying bench is 20".

Thank you.

Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for your patience.

Based on the serial number you have given your piano was built in 1935. At 38 inches high it is a larger Spinet and is quite an early piano of this type, now being in the order of 80 years old.

Generally Pianos have a limited life span of around 60 years mainly due to the wear during use and natural deterioration of the mechanical parts over time, such as the action, the strings, the soundboard, the tuning pins, the pin block, etc. The life of these instruments can often 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 is the age and condition of the internal mechanics. Added to this is the fact that with this being a spinet it is quite a compact size and thus has a small soundboard which can restrict the volume and quality of sound produced. This size of piano is no longer made as it has been superseded by larger better sound producing uprights.

Therefore with the information I have and that which you have supplied, I believe your W.P. Haines & Co. Spinet Piano has a value in the $400 to $600 range for a private sale.

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