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Possible Purchase; Acrosonic Serial #142682
#2125558 07/30/13 09:37 PM
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Anyone have info on this piano? Looking for the year. Current owner has had it for 14 years and has kept the maintenance up. Is asking $1500, which I think may be a bit high. We're looking for something reliable for our young daughters and actually myself to learn on. Here is a link to a photo...
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VERY OLD and likely worn out. Serial number shows to be 1921 or so. Value is less than $100. You can do better for your kids.


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You are probably missing a digit in that number.


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The serial number doesn't seem correct, since Baldwin didn't introduce the Acrosonic spinet until 1935. We have a 1947 model at our church (donation) that looks exactly like the piano in the picture. I'm guessing that the one for sale dates back to the 1940s - and is probably worth about $300 - but certainly NOT $1,500. The little Acrosonics were OK pianos - I learned to play on one in the 1950s. But if you and your children are serious about taking lessons, this probably isn't the instrument for you.


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$1,500 is outrageous. You can buy new pianos for not much more than twice that. Look for something post-1980.

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Aren't you glad you asked?


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It's a Baldwin Acrosonic Flat top, they were made in that style from 1943 to about 1948 or so. The lower cabinet varied with straight legs or french provincial. If it is in original condition and not restored max would be 500.00 I've seen them totally restored for 2800 max probably because it costs that much to do the work.

I would still go for a studio piano if I had a 1500 dollar budget. Hint : longer strings = better sound. You could jump on ebay or pianomart.com and put studio piano 45 inch in the search. Baldwin 243, Kawai UST series, Yamaha U1 or P22 are a few models and you should be able to get any one of those in your budget.


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"Baldwin Acrosonic Flat top" ????

It is a standard issue Acrosonic spinet. There were multiple cabinet styles through the years and this cabinet style was produced well into the 1970's.

I agree with others that the serial number is incorrectly stated. The Acro spinets are about the only ones which have proved to be functional and rugged pianos. However, due to its size, it is tonally limited. The consoles are better from a tonal standpoint. But, there are many, many pianists who started out on these instruments. As a starter piano for beginning students, they can still be useful.

The asking price for that instrument is way too high. Usually, a fully functional example in a private sale, will go for $300-$750. Buying from a dealership, the price starts at ~$1,000.

At $1,500 keep shopping. At $500, it would be worth checking out.

Good luck and keep us posted!


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Yup Marty that is what I call them but if you have issues with it then maybe try to be in business 93 years. I could honestly care less what you think and I don't have to prove anything to you ... that is unless you would like to pay my bills. Welcome to my ignore list


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Well J, you might call them that, but it sure isn't standard lingo. A spinet is called a spinet. Since you have been in business for 93 years, you are old enough to remember Gary Moore. Now that's a flat top.


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I have an Acrosonic from the 50's which a friend gave me for free. It is in great condition. I didn't realize how nice it is until I started shopping for a replacement. I'm just starting piano lessons. The Acrosonic gives me plenty of time as I navigate through the muddy waters of buying a larger piano.

Agree completely that $1500 is too much. Try the local churches. They often have several extra "family" pianos that were donated by parishioners, but now they just take up valuable space.

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