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I own a model Steinway piano # 81242 circa 1894. It was

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I own a model B Steinway piano # 81242 circa 1894. It was completely rebuilt in 1981 by Acme Piano of Somerville, MA and the action redone by John Von Rohr who maintainsthe pianos for the Boston Symphony, Jor***** *****, Wellesely college, etc.). I am 82 years old and am leaving this instrument to the boarding school I attended in the 1950's. I need to establish its value.
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Customer: I play this piano almost daily. It has a rich tone, the keyboard rebuild by John Von Rohr has gotten it close the Steinway's accelerated action. I play Beethoven and pop standards from days gone by. They sound wonderful.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 4 months ago.


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If your piano has been regularly tuned and has not yet worn out the previous restoration, and if it is in excellent cosmetic and musical condition, the current retail (replacement or insurance) value of your piano is approximately $28,000. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount or $11,200, depending on location and actual condition. The fair market value is the amount you can use as the charitable donation on your income taxes.

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