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#79104 - 03/26/06 07:47 PM Antique Packard Baby Grand
T.Rose Offline
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 1
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
I want to sell my piano but I have absolutely no idea what it's worth. The serial number seems to have been rubbed off and all I can find is the company (Packard Piano Company) and Fort Wayne, Ind est. 1871. The piano is very beautiful but needs some work to be play-able. Does anyone have any info that could help?!

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#79105 - 03/26/06 08:15 PM Re: Antique Packard Baby Grand
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You need a local technician to check it out. It depends almost entirely on its current condition, such as tuning pin torque, that can't be evaluated over the Internet.

If it's an upright and it's shoulder-high, I'm sorry to say that it's most likely not worth more than $100 or so.

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#79106 - 03/27/06 12:07 PM Re: Antique Packard Baby Grand
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Registered: 09/23/05
Posts: 23
Loc: Michigan
If you want to know what you are selling, defintely hire a technician to thoroughly evaluate it.

I have seen a few older Packard grands and uprights. Without seeing the serial number, my guess is that this piano is from a time period between 1919 and 1928, with a possibility that it is from an earlier time. In my many years in the used piano business, and after checking the age-by-serial number on thousands of older baby grands, I saw a pattern develop:
Most of them were manufactured between World War I and World War II, with a big drop off in production around the time of the stock market crash of 1928.

Any way, a Packard being sold today? - its value will be based entirely on condition, not on the brand name.
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#79107 - 03/27/06 12:45 PM Re: Antique Packard Baby Grand
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 1120
Loc: West Virginia
I just re-read and saw that your piano is a grand... That changes everything!

Re: Old Uprights
Can you post a picture of your piano? Cy is right about the rule of thumb that most 'old uprights' have very little value. Once ranch houses became popular, old fashioned pianos became an eyesore (tongue-in cheek simplification, but about right). Things are changing somewhat now if you have a nice looking or carved case piano. You've probably seen new homes that use neo-Victorian styles. Not only are people building homes that get their inspiration from 100+ years ago, but they are incorporating antiques and antique looking furnishings into their homes. So it costs you nothing to try for a price that reflects your piano's uniqueness. You can always reduce your price later. And, if your tuner can make it 'playable' but it's just an average looking upright I'd still ask $300. Of course I've got to give the obvious disclaimer. I don't know anything about your piano, the market in your area, or what you think the piano should be worth. I'm just chatting and sharing my experience (which is that because I value old pianos, I have had good luck selling them at prices that reflect that value).

Re: Old Grands
Those who told you that you need to start w/a technician are absolutely right. Once you know the condition (and what any repairs will cost), you can plan your strategy. I'm sure your tuner can advise you on values in your area. I't would also be useful to know the age and what kind of quality the piano was originally. I've seen mediocre grands that have looked pretty rough, sell for $900. at auction. I hope your tuner says you've got a gem but either way, keep us posted. Walt

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