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Steinert Piano Value? #45147
09/30/08 04:04 PM
09/30/08 04:04 PM
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Springfield, MO
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Hello. This is my first post on the Piano World Forums. I am not very experienced with pianos, and I just purchased a baby grand. It seems that I got it for a decent price, but I am curious if someone can give me somewhat of an idea of what they would pay for it. This is what I know:

Brand: Steinert
Manufacturing Date: 1923
Sound Board is not cracked, but there is a "hair-line" crack along the top side of the lid, spanning all the way from front to back.

It has been refinished to reveal its natural color, which used to be a black finish. Also, there are two keys that don't work, the lowest and the highest pitch white keys.

All of the other keys function well, but the piano sounds like it hasn't been tuned in a few years. (The owner says 3-5 years) All of the pedals are in working condition.

Basically, I am wanting to know if it is worth the money to start the process of restoring the piano, or if I am better off trying to sell it. I purchased the piano for $800 from a local seller, which sounded like a good price to me.

The information I am needing is an approximate value of what you all think would be worth spending to restore the piano. If I don't expect to do to much restoration, what is a ballpark price range that I could expect for a trade-in?

I am glad to be a member of the forums, and I appreciate you taking time to read this message.

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Re: Steinert Piano Value? #45148
10/01/08 01:55 AM
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Steinert was originally a Steinway dealer and still is I believe. Depending on the model they were by far the best Steinway copy in the vintage years. Of course the A and the B copy were the best though I've had them all. They are a good value to the musician on a budget in that the "core" piano is obtainable for low $ though technically the restoration should cost the same.You can actually use Steinway type action parts with little modification if I remember.
I offer them at times to the Steinway buyer though they seem to want to pay that extra 10K+ for the real thing laugh

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Re: Steinert Piano Value? #45149
10/01/08 08:07 AM
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I rebuilt a model B Steinert last year which was a close copy of an early Steinway model M. It looks like an S&S and sure as heck sounds like one.There were some compromises in the tenor section where the S&S used wound strings and the Steinert did not. The action parts are Wessel Nickel and Gross and more closely resemble M&H action parts. This core was purchased for $950, which is a far cry from an S&S M core. It really depends on whether you want the real thing or a great copy. They were wonderful pianos even on their own merits.

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