I wanted to get some input from the community on a piano I purchased about a year ago.
* Baldwin L 6'3" Grand
* Serial #: 118331
* Built in 1952
* Real Ivory Keytops in excellent shape, especially considering the instrument's age
- I don't see any cracks in the soundboard
- No structural issues that I can find
- Action feels really good, but obviously will need some regulatingLink to pictures of the instrument
I don't have much detail on the history of the piano's life. I bought it from a young couple on facebook, who said that it was in a church prior to them getting it. I get the sense that it hasn't been heavily used, but can't say for certain. The finish looks to have been mahogany originally, but was refinished at some point in it's life. It does look lovely in my retail-space-turned-livingroom.
When I got it, I had just settled into my new home with plenty of space for it, and I was ready to graduate to something better than the digital I had been using for a few years. Purchase price + moving fee ended up being around $4,000.
Unfortunately, due to loosing my job in Nov. to downsizing, among other uncertainties that followed, I don't know when I'll have the means to give it the TLC to bring it up to spec, or the proper space for it to live in, as I will likely end up moving.
So the questions I have are:
a) Is it reasonable to try to recover the $4,000 I have in it, or what is a reasonable asking price?
b) What is the best avenue to potentially sell it? Local piano stores, technicians, craigslist, facebook, etc...
c) Are these Baldwins good candidates for restoration?
I realize that I will need to get a technician to do an accurate appraisal, just wanting to get some general input.
Thanks in advance!