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Offline ypladd

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Value
« on: February 09, 2016, 07:40:15 PM »
I'm curious how to find the value of two pianos.

Bush & Gerts, Chicago, 44155

The Columbus Piano Company, 1384 - needs a sound board


Offline indianajo

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Re: Value
«Reply #1 on: February 10, 2016, 02:49:43 AM »
in the United States 1. zero  2 minus zero
Actually, since it costs you to get four men and a 3/4 ton truck to take it to the city dumpster at the street department, and $25 to put it in, negative $250. That is for a resident with a sewer bill.  Contractors pay $50 to use the central dumpster.  If you leave it on the curb for the garbage man, the housing department will cite you for house violations. $$$    Negative more $ in the UK where councils have upright dismantling fees.  If you rent a forklift, you can do without a couple of men. 
I'm not saying the first upright pictured might not be nice to play, that is up to the recipient that inspects it per my regime. Name on the front other than the big five doesn't matter before WWII, the rest were built from kits by local shops.  Many uprights were ****, some were pretty good.   i'd like to have a free quality upright in my trailer, for the tinkly sound,  but I'm too old to move it and don't have the truck.  I don't think the mud of February would support the truck wheels either with 400 lb in it.  
The second upright with the bad soundboard, take directly to the dumpster without advertising.  
Some charity resale shops will accept upright pianos, but many of those go straight in the dumpster also.  The one with the decorations might get $80 from the resale shop floor, but the donor won't get any of it. 

Offline ypladd

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Re: Value
«Reply #2 on: February 11, 2016, 11:21:41 AM »
Thank you for the reply. That's disappointing. I had no idea that they didn't hold value.

Offline richard black

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Re: Value
«Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 06:00:57 PM »
I'll second what Indianajo says - he's brutal but honest. And that piano never really had value in the first place, if the truth be told.
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