dory wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:28 pm
My mother died a year ago. My father died recently and released my mom's piano for being given away, as he had wanted it in his house as a reminder of my mom while he was still alive. I know absolutely zero about pianos beyond being able to tell if one is awful.
I just had my mom's piano evaluated. The specialist who came in surprised me by saying it is a very high level concert piano. He has been caring for it for years and wants it donated someplace it will be used for concert playing. He wants it to go to my church becsuse in addition to having outstanding choirs, they have a lot of high level concerts there, and they take good care of their pianos. Our director says he has been offered several high level pianos in the last year and doesn't want it. I don't know what to do. Do used pianos have a lot of monetary value? I know used top level guitars do. How can I tell if the expert was exagerrating? If you had a piano like this what woukd you do with it?
I once bought a house that came with a small piano. We had it tuned and it got played on occaision. When we decided to get rid of it we called the tuner who said he had a warehouse full of these and it wasn't worth the cost of having it moved. Fortunately a friend's daughter played and had 4 huskey young men come by and move it to her house.
A woman I know, who played since childhood on the old family Steinway baby grand, wanted to have it "restored." That would have cost $20,000 dollars she told me. She ended up giving it away to a community organization of some sort.
In my, by no means expert opinion, you own what the ancient Roman called "impedimentia."
I considered cutting up my old piano to make guitars but it was plywood construction.
Have your husband take a look. Maybe a guitar made out of it would be a spiritual force for you. And if it has ivory keys there could be a cottage industry in your future marketing bridge saddles for guitars.