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I have a Huntington Piano, Serial Number 5671. We are looking at having it rebuilt, have gotten the estimate, gone thru sticker shock, etc. I am trying to find out the age of the piano, overall quality of the instrument, etc to help me decide whether to rebuild this one or buy a new one.


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Built somewhere around 1895. The overall quality can only be determined by a tuning and evaluation by a qualified tech. The tech can tell you what needs to be replaced and what can be refurbished.

This is what I do for a living, but I discourage probably 50% of people in your situation because it is almost always NOT worth it from a strictly dollar point of view. The uprights we do are usually family heirlooms that the owners want to keep for another 100 years. Sometimes we get a client that just loves the look of an old upright and will do it for that reason. A quality refinish/rebuild can easily run $10,000 or more. That would buy a very nice newer upright with money left over.

So you need to ask yourself if you love it that much. If you do, and plan to keep it, go for it. If you are unsure, or think you might sell/trade in the future, you will lose money.


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