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H.C Bay Piano Need Advice
#3003322 07/16/20 11:52 AM
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About 10 years ago we acquired an H.C. Bay Piano from a friend that was in awful condition. We had big plans of refinishing it, getting it restrung, rekeyed to name a few. This thing needs a ton of work of which we have not been able to do. But it plays beautifully. My husband feels that is is worthless and should just go to the dump...I am the one who sees life in everything and would like to pass it along. However, NO ONE wants it. LOL.
My question is this...is there value in an old 1919 piano even if in horrendous condition? Or is hubby correct and there is no hope and it would go to the dump. The thought hurts my heart. But it is a dusty old piano needing tons of love.

I can't even find a place that can give me an answer of whether it even has any value whatsoever. I am not looking to sell it ...I just want it to go the right place...and I feel like the dump isn't it.... any guidance would be so appreciated.

I found a number stamped in it which dates it to about 1919.

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Melynn #3003350 07/16/20 01:06 PM
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Hi, Melynn, and welcome to Piano World!

I too like old upright pianos, or even old grand pianos. But the uprights don't take up as much space as the grands.

I have had several old upright pianos over the years, and have two now, both from around 1910. In fact, I just played one of them a few minutes ago, and it put a smile on my face. smile

That said, there are lots and lots of old acoustic pianos from yesteryear out there, and many are free for the taking, if the taker can move it.

I've seen a few ads for a free old upright piano, but the owner requires professional movers so as not to damage their floors; and, I don't blame them. But chances are, they narrow the field of prospective takers even more by requiring professional movers, usually.

Although I really don't have room for another old upright at the moment, I still cruise the piano ads on FB marketplace and CL to see what is out there. On occasion, I see something that is really tempting.

Now, getting back to your old H.C. Bay piano, I think I have heard of the brand, but know nothing about them. You could advertise it for free, and see what happens, if you don't want to take it to the landfill. There might be someone (like me:-) who admires old, worn-out upright pianos, and would take you up on the offer to take it. However, I know you said that no one wanted it, so you may have already tried that.

I terms of whether or not is worth any money, I can't help you there, but my first guess is that it is not. If you can't find someone to take it for free, as you mentioned, I doubt you would find someone to pay you any money for it.

There was a time when the price of scrap metal was up and some of the scrap metal scavengers would pay a small amount for the cast iron plate and pick it up. I have gotten rid of a couple of old uprights by giving them to the scrap metal scavengers, who could come and pick it up for free. But I think the price of scrap metal is down now.

When I check out the piano ads, particularly the freebees, there are certain brands that catch my eye more so than others. Again, some are more tempting than others to take and go through the hassle of moving it, which is a HUGE chore.

So, the bottom line is, if you all really want to get rid of it, you have three choices... advertise it for free and see what happens, take it to the landfill or hire someone to take it to the landfill for you, or cannibalize some of the parts and panels off of it to keep for sentimental purposes or creative projects and discard the remainder.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Rick


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Melynn #3003383 07/16/20 02:47 PM
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Rick,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and informative message. Yeah, I am definitely not looking to sell it or make money from it but my mind always goes to a place like, does someone else find it valuable? Maybe not from a monetary standpoint but someone may value having it more than us. And could you imagine if it did hold a monetary value and I totally ripped it apart and took it to the landfill. Oh dear....lol. I just wanted to make sure we were not trashing something worth finding an owner for....if that makes sense.
But yeah...we are capable of taking it apart and transporting it...but somewhere in my heart it hurts watching it happen. My kids have had so much fun learning to play it...even if it is old and dusty.

I am going to try one more time to find it a new home and if I am not successful...well, I guess hubby will win.

Thank you once again and happy piano searching and playing!

Sincerely,
Mel

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Melynn, I too hate seeing these great old pianos being sent to the dump. I acquired a 1927 Kurtzmann and decided to restore it. I bought some books, but mostly learned all I needed from YouTube. If that interests you, you might consider trying it on your piano. All told I'll probably spend $1,000 in parts, but I am replacing hammers and strings. Other than that, it's just elbow grease. You might be able to get away with less if you don't have to replace as much.

It has been a very rewarding process so far, and one I highly recommend to piano lovers if you have the time and space.


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Originally Posted by Emery Wang
Melynn, I too hate seeing these great old pianos being sent to the dump. I acquired a 1927 Kurtzmann and decided to restore it. I bought some books, but mostly learned all I needed from YouTube. If that interests you, you might consider trying it on your piano. All told I'll probably spend $1,000 in parts, but I am replacing hammers and strings. Other than that, it's just elbow grease. You might be able to get away with less if you don't have to replace as much.

It has been a very rewarding process so far, and one I highly recommend to piano lovers if you have the time and space.

Emery Wang,

I am so impressed! I admire the courage to jump into something that requires such a depth of understanding beyond the surface task. I wish you every bit of good luck for a very positive result.

Detail oriented work like piano action work and restringing can be "centering" and have a "zen" element to it, but the details in such an exercise can take many years to master. Action regulation alone can take quite some time to understand. "Correct" is not always "right" and specs. are really only a guide to an experienced technician. Many people would be intimidated by a project like that. Bravo!

Anyway, now I can't wait to see a video of your piano when it is complete - or maybe a stage by stage vlog??


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