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Fair price for a 1968 Howard (Read 1785 times)

Offline boomai

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Fair price for a 1968 Howard
« on: December 30, 2015, 05:34:54 PM »
The seller asked for $5000.  It's a 5'10 grand piano. The front panel says Howard, but the inside shows Kawai No550, Serial Number 31XXXX.  I believed it is the same piano as the Kawai KG-2 made in 1968.  The piano is in good condition, except for a few strings, all parts are original.   I ran a few scales and there were no stuck keys or "hot" notes.  Just wonder what is a fair price for such piano so I can propose a price, then have a tech take a closer look.

Offline indianajo

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Re: Fair price for a 1968 Howard
«Reply #1 on: December 30, 2015, 06:07:32 PM »
Watch craigslist.com 
This metropolis, black or white, no dings, you move from owner's house, $1000 max.  Brown $800 max.
Some cosmetic damage on brown, $500.
Remember it costs about $600 to move one of these things locally, not including tuning. More if there are stairs, elevator, tight turn,  or a long carry on either end.
There has been a recent surplus of baby grands on the market here.  Real Baldwin commands a bit more because IMHO of the superior tone.  I've heard both Baldwins & Kawais. 

Offline boomai

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Re: Fair price for a 1968 Howard
«Reply #2 on: December 30, 2015, 08:31:06 PM »
The seller is a piano restorer.  The price includes delivery, tuning, and 5 yrs warranty (indefinite if tune yearly by seller).  I could no find many info for the Howard model, but the equivalent Kawai pianos KG2 often go for $5k+ on ebay.