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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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I have a Crystal River baby grand player piano that I paid

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I have a Crystal River baby grand player piano that I paid 10,000.00 for about 13 years ago. It is in excellent condition. What is it worth today???
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Customer: Did you get this question?? There was an answer about a guitar.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the musical instrument appraiser should know?
Customer: No, the piano was housed in an all adult home, so no misuse!!
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

Thanks for your question. Welcome to JustAnswer, it will be my pleasure to help you. My name is***** am working on this for you now.

Has your piano been regularly tuned?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

Was this a new piano or a restored piano when you purchased it?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It was brand new. We purchased it from Lentines Music in Cleveland, Ohio
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

Thanks for the information and your patience.

I have looked through my records and others to which I have access and researched the name you gave and it has basically come up blank. The nearest so far is Pearl River.

Is Crystal River the name on the lid over the keys? Does it have any other name inside, such as one printed or stamped on the iron frame (the harp)? Also does it have a serial number printed on or near the harp?

I should then be able to complete this for you.


Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

Hello, I see that you have requested the Live Phone Call service, I cannot do that right now but if you can let me have the answers to the questions I can soon reply with the full detail on here.

Thank you.


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No need to call me. It is a Pearl River serial no 948461. Sorry for the confusion...
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

That is good, I can now give you the appraisal. I will complete the work and come back to you within about the next 30 minutes.


Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

In the maker’s records the serial number gives a year of build of 2002, so your piano is now around 14 years old. Thus it will have some depreciation due to age and usage.

These pianos, which are made in China, are very competitively priced and are still in the $8,000 to $12,000 range new depending on actual size and Dealer discounts.

Based on the information I have and that which you have provided, I believe your Pearl River Baby Grand Piano now has a value in the $5,000 to $6,500 range for a private sale.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Does your appraisal include the fact that there is a player piano component???
Expert:  John, CT ABRSM replied 9 months ago.

Hello. Yes, it includes the player system. Unfortunately because this type of technology is so fast moving in terms of developments, the value tends to drop away quite rapidly. Nevertheless it is a plus when selling.

I hope that explains it for you.


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