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Topic: Howard by Baldwin Baby Grand Piano, circa 1930s  (Read 420 times)

Offline bjkallmeyer

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Howard by Baldwin Baby Grand Piano, circa 1930s
on: January 31, 2023, 01:52:52 AM
Hello. My family has this Howard by Baldwin baby grand piano that we are looking to part with soon. I don't know much about it or what's it's possibly worth. My mom said it's roughly 75 years old but could be older. They actually bought it from a local band owner by the name of Clyde Trask in 1970. He was pretty popular in the cincinnati area in the 30s and 40s which is pretty neat. Google search of the serial # says it was manufactured between 1923 and 1936. It's in pretty rough shape with quite a few scratches and several of the black keys have fallen off. Hasn't had a tune up in years. Just seeing if anyone could give me an idea of what we have and rough cost in as is condition. Thank You.

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Re: Howard by Baldwin Baby Grand Piano, circa 1930s
Reply #1 on: February 07, 2023, 08:19:09 PM
It's a boat anchor.

It's not worth rebuilding and I doubt it's worth refurbing. If it was a Baldwin and if it were bigger and if you wanted to keep it as playable instrument, I'd find $20,000 in my back pocket and hope I could get most things done for that.
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Re: Howard by Baldwin Baby Grand Piano, circa 1930s
Reply #2 on: February 12, 2023, 12:52:39 AM
Thanks for the reply jolly. I'm not educated about the piano world enough to know any better...I thought this might've been the case with it being not worth much

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Re: Howard by Baldwin Baby Grand Piano, circa 1930s
Reply #3 on: February 13, 2023, 03:34:30 AM
It is likely worth more to your family as an heirloom, than it is for monetary value. 

You could search around for piano technicians, or aspiring technicians that want to take on a project of this nature.  A person who is more interested in the challenge of rebuilding the piano, rather than flipping it for profit.  Nonetheless, you will probably not get much money for it. 

I would recommend asking around in your family if anyone would be interested in it, as this is probably where its value would be most appreciated. 
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