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#2305849 - 07/23/14 10:15 AM 25 Vintage Steinways  
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Anybody want to buy 25 vintage Steinways to rebuild? Appears like a rebuilder either has too many Steinways to rebuild or is moving on.


http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/msd/4581727056.html

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#2305852 - 07/23/14 10:18 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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Mr. Galassini - Do you have any info on this?



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#2305854 - 07/23/14 10:21 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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could be Country Piano, in that area...
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#2305899 - 07/23/14 11:39 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: phacke]  
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Wow. I had no idea that there were unrebuilt Steinways in those quantities sitting around in warehouses. This adds new insight to my understanding of Steinway's "Steinwas" argument.

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#2305902 - 07/23/14 11:47 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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Weirdly, the only piano that has a clearly readable name on the fallboard is a Mason & Hamelin


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#2305924 - 07/23/14 12:28 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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10 grand a piece is awfully pricey, especially buying in bulk.

#2305936 - 07/23/14 12:47 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: iLaw]  
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Originally Posted by iLaw
Wow. I had no idea that there were unrebuilt Steinways in those quantities sitting around in warehouses. This adds new insight to my understanding of Steinway's "Steinwas" argument.
Indeed: 1) there are many of those old Steinways out there [and bulk buying situations], hence the "Steinwas" marketing campaign and 2) yes, $10k is very pricey for that kind of situation. Someone, however, will choose to view it as an "investment." Good luck to them.


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#2305951 - 07/23/14 01:05 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: DanS]  
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Originally Posted by DanS
10 grand a piece is awfully pricey, especially buying in bulk.


What would be a more reasonable price, for each, and in bulk?

Just wondering...

#2305963 - 07/23/14 01:23 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Paul678]  
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Originally Posted by DanS
10 grand a piece is awfully pricey, especially buying in bulk.


What would be a more reasonable price, for each, and in bulk?

Just wondering...


From what I know of the business, around 5k a piece. Obviously some pianos are more sought after than others, such as A3s.

#2305965 - 07/23/14 01:26 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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It's interesting to me how many families have old Steinway's that have been passed down and are now in need of restoration.

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#2305976 - 07/23/14 01:53 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: musicNow]  
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Originally Posted by musicNow
It's interesting to me how many families have old Steinway's that have been passed down and are now in need of restoration.

Tons of us.


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#2306005 - 07/23/14 02:44 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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$10K each plus freight and storage?

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#2306093 - 07/23/14 05:56 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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Greetings,
The going prices I have seen for rebuildable Steinways is about $1K per foot. this is the basic ebony straight case. If it is a natural wood finish, more like $ 1,200 per foot. If rosewood, maybe 1,500 -2,000 per foot,but that is a premium price.
The D's are a special case, and I have seen some in need of everything from board to the action go for $15,000, and one with good board but Teflon action going for $ 20K. There are also exceptions, i.e. art case and reproducer models. I don't know of any way to describe those valuations.
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#2306303 - 07/24/14 05:53 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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The question is how much does rebuilding cost in the USA and what would the piano sell for in the end? Here, you can expect to pay 10000 pounds for a clapped out Steinway in need of everything, and perhaps a little less for an 85 note model.

#2306505 - 07/24/14 02:40 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Ed Foote]  
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Originally Posted by Ed Foote
Greetings,
The going prices I have seen for rebuildable Steinways is about $1K per foot. this is the basic ebony straight case. If it is a natural wood finish, more like $ 1,200 per foot. If rosewood, maybe 1,500 -2,000 per foot,but that is a premium price.
The D's are a special case, and I have seen some in need of everything from board to the action go for $15,000, and one with good board but Teflon action going for $ 20K. There are also exceptions, i.e. art case and reproducer models. I don't know of any way to describe those valuations.
Regards,


Maybe Ed is a way better negotiator than I am, but I buy a lot of Steinways and I spend more on good quality rebuild candidates than this.
I find that a lot of the really inexpensive Steinway rebuild candidates end up more money because they need lots of new expensive case parts like lids and legs.


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#2306557 - 07/24/14 03:46 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Keith D Kerman]  
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Originally Posted by Keith D Kerman


Maybe Ed is a way better negotiator than I am, but I buy a lot of Steinways and I spend more on good quality rebuild candidates than this.


Maybe luckier. I don't buy a lot of Steinways, so what I see is perhaps cherry picking. I have a 1925 mahogany M that needs everything, bought for $ 2.5 K, another '23 M, poor black finish, good board, and an action I can rent it with cost me 5K. I went $7K on a mahogany S with perfect ivory, restrung it, replaced the action, and it has been leased for the last 5 years to someone that wants to buy it.

I have an XR (model M), that I rebuilt 20 years ago. I cost me $ 1,000 then.

There is a fair amount of downsizing going on, and I think the technician that has made a career of tuning should be alert to the possibility when it arises to buy these older, worn out, pianos. There is quite a market for the one brand.
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#2306601 - 07/24/14 04:41 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Rich D.]  
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looks like the ceiling is ready to fall. Better get them out of there fast.


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#2306621 - 07/24/14 05:17 PM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: Ed Foote]  
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Originally Posted by Ed Foote
Originally Posted by Keith D Kerman


Maybe Ed is a way better negotiator than I am, but I buy a lot of Steinways and I spend more on good quality rebuild candidates than this.


Maybe luckier. I don't buy a lot of Steinways, so what I see is perhaps cherry picking. I have a 1925 mahogany M that needs everything, bought for $ 2.5 K, another '23 M, poor black finish, good board, and an action I can rent it with cost me 5K. I went $7K on a mahogany S with perfect ivory, restrung it, replaced the action, and it has been leased for the last 5 years to someone that wants to buy it.

I have an XR (model M), that I rebuilt 20 years ago. I cost me $ 1,000 then.

There is a fair amount of downsizing going on, and I think the technician that has made a career of tuning should be alert to the possibility when it arises to buy these older, worn out, pianos. There is quite a market for the one brand.
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Older Ms and Os can be had cheaper and the worse condition, the cheaper they get. Player pianos are the cheapest. A3s, Bs, Cs and Ds are a lot more.
It does sound like you are cherry picking which makes sense. If you were buying 10 - 20 larger Steinways per year for those kind of prices, I would buy your book and subscribe to your blog!


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#2306911 - 07/25/14 10:19 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: phacke]  
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The phone number appears to point back at Country Pianos. This is strange because I was under the impression that they were always looking for Steinways to rebuild. Perhaps they are getting out of the business or perhaps those pianos are not in good shape.


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#2306935 - 07/25/14 11:12 AM Re: 25 Vintage Steinways [Re: PaintedPostDave]  
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Originally Posted by PaintedPostDave

The phone number appears to point back at Country Pianos....


As does "Myles" listed as the contact name.

Larry.


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