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Offline mfrenkie

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Duo-art piano
« on: June 01, 2004, 12:02:21 AM »
Hi everyone, My grandmother has a Duo-Art piano that she estimates to be around 45 years old. It's not shaped like a grand, it's one of the ones that's more like a box if you know what I mean. The only number on it is "138413". how would I find out the value of this piano (it's in pretty good condition), and where would I be able to sell it?

Thanks! -Mark

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Re: Duo-art piano
«Reply #1 on: June 02, 2004, 08:05:43 AM »
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Hi everyone, My grandmother has a Duo-Art piano that she estimates to be around 45 years old. It's not shaped like a grand, it's one of the ones that's more like a box if you know what I mean. The only number on it is "138413". how would I find out the value of this piano (it's in pretty good condition), and where would I be able to sell it?

Thanks! -Mark

Like a BOX?  What do you mean duo-art?  If it's a box grand, .....NO, it cant be a box grand because they were phased out during Mozarts time.  Chances are, with old pianos- you wont get too much money for them so maybe it would be more worthwhile to hold onto it for sentimental value.
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Re: Duo-art piano
«Reply #2 on: June 02, 2004, 08:24:04 AM »
Wow, isn't a Duo-Art a reproducing piano?

I'm not sure what those are worth, but that's pretty unique.

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Re: Duo-art piano
«Reply #3 on: June 02, 2004, 04:24:52 PM »
I would like to point out that square grands were still made long after Mozart... up until around the 1860's at least.

Yes, Duo-art is an old brand of pneumatic-player system.

As for the value of the instrument... if it is a square grand the rule of thumb is that as an instrument it isn't worth much.  

They make great desks though :).

Seriously though, mechanically square are quite inferior to modern pianos.  Replacement parts are difficult to find and often need to be fabricatred. Tuning stability due to age and lack of care is often poor.  

Another thing and this is probably the most important... pianos are very complex machines.  They consist of THOUSANDS of parts under several TONS of tension.  They are 85% wood.  Largely glued and doweled together.  One can not estimate the value of a piano without actually physically inspecting it and then making an evaluation.

Give me the make, and I can tell you how old it is.  If you are really interested in finding out the value, contact me privately and I will put you in touch with someone in your area who can appraise it for you.

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