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Offline brittany27

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Worth of a Piano ....
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:37:45 AM »
My mother has a 1927 Wurlitzer Spinet piano ... and unfortunately due to certain circumstances she has to sell it but she wants to get a good price for it. Does anyone happen to know about how much it would be worth. It is in wonderful condition. Wasn't sure where else to go for help with this seeing as in my town there aren't a lot of places for me to go into and talk to people.

If someone could get back to me that would be great. Thanks in advance for your help!

Offline iansinclair

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Re: Worth of a Piano ....
«Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 01:37:41 AM »
I'm afraid to have to say that it probably isn't worth more than a few hundred dollars (US).  It depends a lot on who you can find nearby.
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Re: Worth of a Piano ....
«Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 03:02:06 AM »
Probably a negative value since it's large, heavy, and taking up space. 
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Re: Worth of a Piano ....
«Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 04:39:11 AM »
Probably a negative value since it's large, heavy, and taking up space. 

Technically it classifies as a W.M.C

Or Weapon of Mass Creation, and those can fetch quite the prize in the right moment and with the right person.
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Re: Worth of a Piano ....
«Reply #4 on: March 20, 2014, 07:05:55 AM »
I wonder if you can donate it and then write off for something like $500 on taxes.  Probably not though.  A lot of people would be doing that.
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Re: Worth of a Piano ....
«Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 05:31:38 AM »
To be helpful you can get from 750$ to 1,200$
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Re: Worth of a Piano ....
«Reply #6 on: March 22, 2014, 09:21:11 AM »
Spinets according to the "how to buy a piano" website, are 38" tall and under, typically 36".  If this piano is really one of those, even the best of them, a Baldwin Acrosonic, goes for about $100 in my area in good condition without tuning or setup.  Spinets have a "drop action" which is inherently slower than a console. 
If it is 39" tall to 43", it is a console piano for which you may be able to get $200-$300 in the US continent. That price is for one in great condition.  
Wurlitzer was one of the premium second line brands, right up there with Baldwin or Sohmer. I have played a mid-seventies 44" example in a church and really liked it.   The situation is complicated by the late 80's sale of the  Wurlitzer name to a global corporation, that uses the brand name now to import third class pianos. I played a mid-nineties (1990) era Wurlitzer console at a student's house last fall, and the consistency of the action at low volume was bad.   Store salesmen may use this sort ot legend to bad mouth the old American brands.