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#2001874 - 12/19/12 07:40 PM $400K in Grands lost n Fire
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#2001875 - 12/19/12 07:54 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: NFexec]
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wow that sucks! crazy though the man can have so many pianos! one, two.. maybe even three at a maximum.... but 40 odd... thats intense!
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#2001885 - 12/19/12 08:29 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: NFexec]
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Many of those instruments seem to be mechanical: Ampico grands and orchestrions etc. At first I was skeptical of the dollar figure, but antique mechanical instruments often have a premium value because they are true collector's instruments, as opposed to regular old pianos from the 1880s to 1920s, for example.
A sad loss, surely.
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#2001889 - 12/19/12 08:38 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: Supply]
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Indeed - these are mostly reproducing grands and other self-playing instruments. The $400K figure does not seem out of line as some of these instruments can reach the 6-figure value depending on make, condition, style of case, size, etc. A Hupfeld violin machine could max out that $400K figure by itself if it's a real beauty that's been totally restored!

Doug
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#2002206 - 12/20/12 02:29 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: NFexec]
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I hope the Wurlitzer organ is alright and repairable. These organs are not made today.
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#2002219 - 12/20/12 03:10 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: NFexec]
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You would be surprised at the generally low market values on most older reproducing grands.

I have a completely restored Chickering Ampico 5'7" grand in my livingroom that would likely sell for more if it didn't have the reproducer. I also have a Steinway XR Art Case Duo-Art reproducer in my warehouse unrestored. The market is simply too low to make it a worthwhile rebuilding candidate.
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#2002381 - 12/20/12 09:10 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: worldlinerai]
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Originally Posted By: worldlinerai
I hope the Wurlitzer organ is alright and repairable. These organs are not made today.

Actually - that is an Allen digital theatre organ. And they make quite a few of them every year. And I doubt it is worth repairing. frown

Doug
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#2002835 - 12/21/12 07:47 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: NFexec]
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Yeah, my mistake, it looked liked a Wurlitzer though. He might be able to get that replaced with a better model (perhaps a TO-5Q?).
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#2002842 - 12/21/12 08:11 PM Re: $400K in Grands lost n Fire [Re: worldlinerai]
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Originally Posted By: worldlinerai
Yeah, my mistake, it looked liked a Wurlitzer though. He might be able to get that replaced with a better model (perhaps a TO-5Q?).

Not to hijack my own thread -- but he'd be far better off getting a Walker theatre organ over another Allen! smile

Doug
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