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Topic: Gors and kallman value  (Read 2834 times)

Offline zachw1

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Gors and kallman value
on: February 22, 2017, 01:11:00 AM
I am new to this forum and would appreciate any input. I have supposedly, an 1892 gors and kallman, made in Berlin Germany. It's clearly got new strings and pins and and have been refinished. Looks very beautiful. But I have no idea what it's worth. The serial number is 19225.

Offline indianajo

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Re: Gors and kallman value
Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 02:24:15 AM
Nice marquetry or however you spell the inlay woodwork on the front.  All those flowers. 
Great gold leaf, too.
I have no idea of the value.  Even Steinway pre-WWII uprights can be had here in the US midwest for $300, but it costs $400 or more to move them because of the four experienced men required to cope with all the weight.  Most movers won't move uprights. I own a 1200 lb rated dolly that could handle the weight, but helpers I hire run away and unplug the phone after I rent the truck even when I'm going to move a 300 lb electronic organ.     
Best of luck in finding this a new home. 

Offline silverwoodpianos

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Re: Gors and kallman value
Reply #2 on: February 24, 2017, 02:38:12 PM

Best to have a local technician of your choice to inspect for present mechanical and structural condition. This person will also be familiar with your local market values.

A piano like the one shown in photos would be 4-600 lbs.
Dan Silverwood

If you think it's is expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

Offline huaidongxi

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Re: Gors and kallman value
Reply #3 on: February 25, 2017, 03:10:42 AM
lovely piano.  when we were shopping for vintage uprights last year we didn't find any that elegant, and only one even made in Germany.

Offline irrational

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Re: Gors and kallman value
Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 10:54:27 AM
I have a 1912 R. Gors and Kalmann (54160). Mine was fully restored with felts and hammers and looks similar to yours without the wooden inlay.
They tend to have beautiful woodwork. As pianos they are not consistent in sound but in my experience very decent pianos. Perhaps a little uneven through the registers but by no means a bad piano.
I would say a very good restored one in my country is about 3000 USD at a dealer, but you can also get decent ones for 1000 USD. This is mostly guesswork based on what I have seen.  So splitting the difference I'd say 2000 - 2500 is probably a reasonable value here for one not in need of anything. In your country it may be different depending on the general availability of quality pianos.

As a reference here dealers ask about 7500+ USD for a Steinway K.
So in view of that, your value is likely about 30-40% of a Steinway value?

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