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#2008601 - 01/03/13 03:09 PM Bechstein B 1908
marypiano Offline
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Registered: 01/03/13
Posts: 4
I'm planning to sell my ebony Bechstein B from 1908 (6'10.5"), which was completely rebuilt in 2001. New everything, including soundboard, pinblock, newly converted action with Renner and Abel parts, new strings, and refinished. Additionally upgraded with a sostenuto pedal. The rebuilder did an excellent job, and was able to maintain a true Bechstein sound and feel.
Given the information, what is a fair asking price?

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#2008652 - 01/03/13 05:17 PM Re: Bechstein B 1908 [Re: marypiano]
DanS Offline
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I don't know, but I'll take it! grin

Just curious (and if you don't mind my asking), how much did adding the sostenuto pedal cost? I was just having a conversation about this a few days ago.

Edited by DanS (01/03/13 05:29 PM)
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#2008691 - 01/03/13 07:29 PM Re: Bechstein B 1908 [Re: marypiano]
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Registered: 03/25/06
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Hi Mary, and welcome to Piano World!

I think pricing pre-owned pianos, rebuilt or not, is a difficult task, even for the pros. By-the-way, there are some excellent piano professionals who are members here... maybe some of them will chime in with helpful information.

I would look at what you have invested in the piano and then do some research on similar pianos for sale (which may be somewhat difficult due to the unique model you have). Ultimately, any piano is worth what someone is willing to pay and the seller is will to accept.

It sounds like you have a very nice instrument. smile

Good luck!

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#2008722 - 01/03/13 08:39 PM Re: Bechstein B 1908 [Re: marypiano]
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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Registered: 12/09/12
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Loc: Seattle, WA USA
You don't indicate which geographic market you are located in. Many old Bechsteins have cracked plate struts where they cross the pinblock. If your piano had this and was repaired you should disclose this. In the greater Seattle area the private party selling price for a piano like yours that presented well to a player would be between $20K and $33K. Good Ivory, renown of rebuilder etc, can all play a part. What is your reason for selling since most pianists would find a piano like yours that presented well to be a lifetime keeper.
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#2010271 - 01/06/13 09:35 PM Re: Bechstein B 1908 [Re: marypiano]
marypiano Offline
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Registered: 01/03/13
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I'm in Manhattan. As far as I know, there was never any cracking in the plate, and the rebuilder never mentioned anything as such. I invested about $36k altogether in it. I believe the addition of the sostenuto pedal ran around $1500. I can't remember exactly, because it was all lumped together with all of the other rebuilding costs. If anyone here wants to check it out, I'd be happy to oblige! wink

The reason I'm selling is because I moved to a much smaller apartment (alcove studio in Manhattan), and sadly, it didn't fit up the stairs, and I couldn't afford to hoist. It is a bit of a giant beast, after all, as Bechsteins tend to be. Anyway, I've had it swapped with a talented student's upright for the past 3 years (lucky him!), wondering how I was going to get a grand back into my space. I've just realized for as long as I'm in Manhattan, I'm going to have to sacrifice it for a much smaller instrument. And it doesn't look like I'll be moving anywhere else anytime soon. It's a bit heartbreaking to give it up, to be honest. But it's NY or bust, as they say.

#2010277 - 01/06/13 09:45 PM Re: Bechstein B 1908 [Re: marypiano]
Mark VC Offline
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Registered: 10/26/12
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Hang onto it. Nobody stays in Manhattan forever.


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