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#233572 - 12/30/07 11:16 AM Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
snakeandsue Offline
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Registered: 12/30/07
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We own a Bush & Gerts (Chicago) upright. We have the serial number, but don't know how to get the age and value. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#233573 - 12/30/07 11:41 AM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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The Pierce Piano Atlas lists serial numbers for Bush & Gerts pianos from 1 - 75000, going from 1884 to 1942.

What is the serial number of your piano? One of us with Pierce will probably be able to tell you the year of manufacture.

The value of the piano will depend totally on the condition of the piano, and only a piano technician can determine the condition. The value may vary somewhat depending on the market in your area, but you can be fairly well assured that there is not much market for old upright pianos and, hence, not much value in them. There is always the occasional exception to this generalization, however, but those exceptions are rare.

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#233574 - 12/30/07 11:52 AM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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I am a first time forum user. Please bear with me. The serial number is 18755. Thanks for your help.

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#233575 - 12/30/07 01:42 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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snakeandsue :

By the way: welcome to the PW forums!

According to Pierce Piano Atlas, Bush & Gerts, serial 18755, was manufactured in 1898. I would doubt that an upright this old would have much value. Others more familiar with the brand name than I am, however, may have a different opinion, although any worth of the piano would be almost totally dependent upon its condition. That cannot be determined by brand name and serial number alone.

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#233576 - 12/30/07 02:06 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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Thank you so much for the information. I can't believe it's survived this long. It was brought to Mississippi from a brothel in New Orleans. What a history that piano could tell! All of the keys work, but is in dire need of a tune up. The only thing I can tell about the condition is that it needs a good cleaning and two keys need ivory replaced. Do you know of anyone familiar with this brand that I could contact?

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#233577 - 12/30/07 02:14 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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snakeandsue :

You might start by contacting a piano dealer in your area or check in your local Yellow Pages for a piano tuner/technician. Failing that, check this website for a technician in your area :

http://www.pianoworld.com/tuners/tuners.htm

Condition, meaning condition of the internal parts (wood, leather, felts, etc.) can be determined only by someone knowing something about piano construction.

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#233578 - 03/22/08 07:01 AM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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Registered: 03/21/08
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Hi-I also have a Bush and Gerts piano serial number 51450. I was also trying to determine it's age and was wondering if anyone can help? Thanks!

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#233579 - 03/22/08 02:14 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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51450 was manufactured in.......1913 Anybody else with a Bush & Gertz while I got my Pierce book open ?
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#233580 - 11/19/08 04:51 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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Registered: 11/19/08
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Loc: Broken Arrow, OK
I am a little behind in asking but when was this Bush and Gerts piano made? The number is 24990. I have been debating about selling it but in looking at prices, upright pianos in general almost can't be given away. My problem is having room for it. There is one dead key...but it still sounds great. It does have some restoring to be done. Someone had "antiqued" it and ruined the whole look of the wood and I have always wanted to refinish it. Not enough time to do it all though.
Thanks for any help in the year it was made. I know you can't tell me more than that without seeing it or knowing all what needs to be done but I will be happy with the year.
Wendy

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#233581 - 11/20/08 03:05 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago)
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Wendy, your piano was made around 1901.

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#1369729 - 02/09/10 08:00 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago) [Re: John Pels]
Laci Offline
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Registered: 02/08/10
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Loc: Texas
I couldn't really find any other sites that would give me an exact year for my Bush and Gertz Chicago. The serial number is 49538. Also, if I had to guess, I'd say the condition is good to very good. Do you think you could estimate what the value might be?

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#1598531 - 01/16/11 10:53 AM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago) [Re: snakeandsue]
Alisha Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
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I was wondering if anybody could help me. I bought a house and it came with a piano.. Bush and Gerts 60134.. I was wondering the age and the history of it. If u cant tell me. If you can tell me where i can find someone that can.
Thanks

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#1598542 - 01/16/11 11:18 AM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago) [Re: snakeandsue]
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Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 616
Loc: Upstate New York
Here is something from Googling "Bush and Gerts Piano serial numbers":



BUSH & GERTS

1900-22000 1920-62000 1931-72200 1939-73600
1905-33000 1925-70000 1933-72500 1941-74100
1915-55000 1930-72000 1936-72900 1942-75000
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#2339900 - 10/21/14 05:23 PM Re: Age and Value of Bush and Gerts (Chicago) [Re: BruceD]
aus Offline
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Registered: 10/15/14
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Hi Bruce, I have a Bush & Gerts upright with a serial # 43740 - any idea when it was made? Thanks, Leah

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