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#1340058 - 01/03/10 05:41 PM Piano price reduced by 1 million $
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I think this piano was originally priced at 9.5 million quite a while ago.
http://cgi.ebay.com/John-Broadwood-Art-C...=item23049e3869

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#1340071 - 01/03/10 05:56 PM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: pianoloverus]
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It still is an amazing piece though I don't think it will ever sell anywhere near that price.

I am always amazed how much a chair or cabinet can be worth on the Antique Road Show but pianos with beautiful wood work are not valued for their cabinets.
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#1340093 - 01/03/10 06:21 PM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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The cabinetry is fantastic--it reminds me of exactly the opposite of a Liberace piano. I can't imagine wanting either, but somehow mesmerizing to look at!

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#1340119 - 01/03/10 07:21 PM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: Andrew Slade]
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Only another $8,480,000 more to go.

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#1340120 - 01/03/10 07:28 PM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Originally Posted By: Rod Verhnjak
I am always amazed how much a chair or cabinet can be worth on the Antique Road Show but pianos with beautiful wood work are not valued for their cabinets.


That's why I was surprised by the "no" answer on another thread when I asked if anyone ever purchased an old beautifully cased piano with the case restored but the insides not working. Maybe people are embarrassed to say they bought a piano 100% for the furniture.

Or maybe for a grand, the insides(strings, plate, soundboard etc) would have to be redone also because a beautifully refinished case with ugly insides would look terrible. At that point, having redone everything except the action, one might as well redo that an have a playable piano.

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#1340193 - 01/03/10 10:25 PM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: pianoloverus]
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I went to a party to commemorate the party host's buying a similar piano.

I played a few chords on it. YOWCH! His wife was a piano teacher - I was quite SCHOCKED that she actually said she liked it. Perhaps she HAD to like it.

It sounded so bad (and had been just tuned) I told them I would not play that night.

Nice pice of furniture - but they forgot to work on the insides. smile

I could not believe the amount of money paid for it. Status symbol I guess.

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#1340214 - 01/03/10 11:05 PM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: SF10]
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Looks just like mine.

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#1340262 - 01/04/10 01:30 AM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: Ludwig van Bilge]
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I actually had it on my ebay watch list. I think it is just amazing. Sure would look dumb in my house! So, I guess I will just have to pass on it. wink
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#1340306 - 01/04/10 03:16 AM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: HappyApple]
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There is nothing to indicate that the instrument has been restored or not, other than the dampers look new and the keys are in fine shape. It's been used for performances, apparently in Texas where it is now located, but perhaps also when it was at the Victoria & Albert. One would have to hope that the soundboard hasn't cracked or sunk, because replacing that might risk damaging the marquetry.

The marquetry does appear to be of very fine quality and uniformly distributed around the piano, but it is hard to credit their statement that this is the finest example of its kind in the world. Maybe you can argue that it is the most extensive example, but plenty of other 19th century pianos have exquisite marquetry as well. There were dozens of examples like this available at Maximiliaan's House of Pianos in NY just a few years ago, but I don't know if he is still in business. At least if you bought from him, you knew you were getting an instrument that had been restored musically, and $100,000 was a very high price for one of his art case pianos.

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#1340331 - 01/04/10 04:27 AM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: Numerian]
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I can't find a website for Max. House of Pianos... maybe they did go belly-up. Quite a shame if they did since it was such a unique business.
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#1340335 - 01/04/10 04:35 AM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: DanLaura Larson]
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Maybe we should start making bets on how long this will take to sell and what price. Any takers?
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#1340336 - 01/04/10 04:38 AM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: Numerian]
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The interior looks new.
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#1340340 - 01/04/10 05:20 AM Re: Piano price reduced by 1 million $ [Re: pianoloverus]
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Yeah, the price is absolutely absurd. I did a little digging... not much on Wright & Mansfield around the Internet, but I found this sideboard: http://www.rauantiques.com/29-0059.html

If their price is any indication, maybe a fair price for the piano is somewhere between 300-750k. It certainly would be less than one million, especially considering that the most expensive piano sold was John Lennon's Steinway upright for 2.1 million.

Here's a much more reasonable piano:
http://www.rauantiques.com/item/Empress-...;follownutch=no


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