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Can this Ebay listing be for real? #2772126
10/13/18 11:31 AM
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/1860s-Steinway-Grand-Piano/223180804659

This purports to be an offer of an 1865 Steinway for $2,500 (starting bid). The photo checks out for a Large Concert Grand of that year, except the serial number should be stamped in the plate, not the pinblock. The details of the plate, including the 17-note bass section, are the same as the overhead view in the 1881 catalog. The decal is nearly correct -- there should be an underscore between "Patent" and "Grand".

However, I can't believe the price. It is also unlikely that such a museum piece would be in somebody's living room in Rockville, Maryland. Has anybody encountered this before as a scam?

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Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772131
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The seller has only positive feedbacks, but only from sellers, not buyers.


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Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772135
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Originally Posted by edferris
However, I can't believe the price. It is also unlikely that such a museum piece would be in somebody's living room in Rockville, Maryland. Has anybody encountered this before as a scam?

Parts of Rockville border on Potomac and Bethesda and are rather posh.

Seller says only local pickup. Presumably then, you are local. Why not ask to see it then?


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Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772140
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As you know, condition eventually determines price, except, of course, for those totally unaware. I can't imagine that this would be anything more than a core candidate for a possible rebuild. But would there by any market for a 85-key rebuilt Steinway?

For all we know the seller may have already found out that this piano has little value and is just hoping to get rid of it.

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Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772143
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It has 88 keys. That's what shows it's a Large instead of Parlor Grand. The photos don't make it look 8 feet 4 inches long. That size may be one reason the general public is not bidding on it. I think the rebuilders here will say even as a carcass it's worth the money.
I'm not in the area, but I can hire a piano tech there to evaluate it. If nobody can say this is a scam, I'll do that and prepare to pony up the moving cost. I kinda like big old Steinways.
And it did occur to me that maybe this instrument was bought by a Washington politician who knew Abe Lincoln and has been moved around the locality ever since.

Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772152
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I do not understand why you think this is particularly unusual. Steinways are all over, and there is very little demand for these old ones, so the asking price seems reasonable. I would not buy it if I wanted a working piano for this price, but who knows? Asking prices and selling prices are not the same.

The pictures show 85 keys.

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Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772156
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I agree with BDB. It's a real old banger, and there's nothing unusual about finding an S&S in that condition.

There are always loads in that state at the London piano auction - and they fetch next to nothing, if they're even sold at all. Or they're bought dirt cheap and sent to Poland for a rebuild and then sold for exorbitant amounts - yet usually sound horrific, in my opinion.

It's 85 notes.




Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772158
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Originally Posted by edferris
It has 88 keys. [...]


Check again. It only goes up to A7, so only 85 keys; an 88-key piano goes up to C.

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Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772166
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Fooled me. I thought short keyboards left off A0-B0. So you couldn't play the Brahms Third Sonata on this one.
If instruments this old show up at auctions, I suppose this isn't a bargain. Our local tech bought a 1914 Steinway B with "shredded" soundboard for $6,000; a rebuilder in Northern Indiana starts his prices at $20,000 for carcass instruments not rebuilt. So I thought getting one for $4,000, counting in the move, was pretty good.
Thanks for the advice.

Re: Can this Ebay listing be for real? [Re: edferris] #2772387
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It's an 85 note Style 1 Steinway. It has an exposed pinblock. Serial numbers from that era were stamped into the wood. It has the old style rocker action, and if it sells for more than $3000, I'd be surprised. No one has bid on it as of yet.


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