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Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
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Experience:  Classically trained musician with more than 20 years experience appraising musical instruments.
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Im interested in the value of a Baldwin organ, 56A series.

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Im interested in the value of a Baldwin organ, 56A series. very good condition.
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Customer: Im interested in the value of a Baldwin organ, 56A series. very good condition.
JA: Is there anything else the Musical Instrument Appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 2 months ago.


My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help. I've been an appraiser of musical instruments for 28 years, and am the President of the Association of Online Appraisers.

How old is your organ? has it been regularly tuned and maintained?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
it was purchased in 1971 and has not been regularly tuned or maintained. However, it has not been used much.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
no. I do not want to pay the xtra $34 since Ive paid $45 already which I did not agree to. I was told it would be $5.00
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry, but I Don't know what that means.

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It sounds as if you were offered a phone call. I usually don't do them because they add an extra charge to your bill and I can answer your question right here at no additional charge. Also, it's difficult to research and speak with you at the same time.

Shall we continue with your appraisal?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
let's continue online or email please as long as there is no xtra cost
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 2 months ago.

No extra cost.

Now for your organ:

Old pianos and organs have no value just for being old. In other words, prospective buyers are not collecting organs; they want to be able to play them. They are not looking for furniture - they are looking for a musical instrument. Organs have parts that wear out and must be replaced, and an organ that hasn’t been regularly tuned will not hold a tuning. So, old organs are at a disadvantage in the market.
Organs are valued heavily on age after other factors like style, maker and condition. Age will tell you what kind of wear the organ would have mechanically. Even if the outside looks good the internal mechanisms are likely only in fair condition. Add to that the fact that the market in ALL organs is very soft right now, and there is not much good news for your organ.

In its present unrestored condition, the current retail (replacement or insurance) value of your Baldwin organ is approximately $750. 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 $300, depending on location and actual condition.

I hope this answer has been helpful to you. Please let me know if you'd like me to explain or expand on any of the above, I would be glad to.

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Thank you so much!

Best wishes,


Expert:  twinb1201 replied 2 months ago.


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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
this was very helpful - thank you.
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 2 months ago.

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