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There is a Baldwin "Hamilton Limited Edition" studio (45") upright available in my area -- I guess I would say very good condition. It plays very nicely and has no real problems, from what I can tell. The serial number indicates it's from 1997 or 1998. It is made in the USA.

If anyone could put a rough estimate on the value of it I'd be very grateful. A photo link is attached here. Thank you!

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I see those with asking prices from about $0.00 to $3,000.00. Sellers will differ, often depending on how anxious they are to get rid of it.


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Hello,

I'm no authority on used piano prices, but that is a very nice looking Baldwin studio upright piano. I would not call it rare, or even limited, but that is a good sales pitch. There were probably fewer pianos made with that residential art-case style cabinet, as opposed to the traditional, plain looking institutional 243 Hamilton models, so it could be said that it was a limited edition, per-se., with the internals being the same or similar as the popular institutional Baldwin 243 studio model. So, the only thing "limited" is the cabinetry.

The piano is very attractive, and looks well cared for. If the internals are as nice as the cabinet appearance (and only a qualified piano tech can tell you that for sure) I'd say the piano is definitely a nice find. I am a big fan of the Baldwin/Hamilton 243 studio model.

In terms of price, you can find the regular Baldwin 243 studio models in decent shape anywhere from $500 up to $2000+, depending on the location and the seller. Dealers may ask twice that price, depending on the dealer.

As far a suggesting a ball-park price, it depends on how much you like it and want it. Doing a quick Google search, I saw a few in that age range from a low of $2500 to a high of $5500. The thing is, when you start getting into the $5000 price range, you can get a taller, better sounding piano.

If the price is less than $5000 it might be worthwhile, if in good condition.

Again, my comments are my own and just my unsophisticated .02. smile

Good luck!


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I have a relative with a Baldwin "Classic" line one of these from around the year 2000. I think they paid $750-1,000 for it. That specific piano looks nicer than it plays, but it's not bad as a beginner instrument. I had to practice on it a couple weeks ago and the action was not particularly nice, but it worked in a pinch.


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I have a relative with a Baldwin "Classic" line one of these from around the year 2000. I think they paid $750-1,000 for it. That specific piano looks nicer than it plays, but it's not bad as a beginner instrument. I had to practice on it a couple weeks ago and the action was not particularly nice, but it worked in a pinch.

One consideration to ponder is whether or not that piano was at all regulated in the last 20 years. Many people, especially non-pianists, will not bother to upkeep their instruments properly, and this can heavily contribute to the perception of a poor action. Not that that's definitely what happened to terminaldegree's relative's piano, but even an excellent action will feel poor if it goes 20 years without proper maintenance.

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Agreed. In the case of the piano above I spent a full day working on it, though...
Most upright pianos do not get the proper touchups to regulation that can make a noticeable difference in action response, yes. And, I find that work pretty easy to do on the vertical piano (lost motion, back checks, letoff, pedal adjustments). Of course, some types of voicing is tougher because you have to remove the action, disconnect pedal rods, mute rail, etc.


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Keep in mind that the design lifespan of a piano is about 30-40 years at which point major components are usually well into degrading, particularly if no attention has been paid to environmental control. (30-40 years in a piano equates to approx 60-70 years for a person).

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