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I'm looking to sell a Charles R Walter model 1520 upright piano from 2001, along with it's matching bench. It's in nearly perfect condition, hardly been played. What would you suggest to price it as?

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To get a better answer, it would help if you indicated where you're located, and if the buyer is going to have to manage a flight of stairs or other unusual delivery details to move it out of your home/yard.

Also, which finish and cabinet style? I'm pretty sure, but not positive that it uses a Renner action in that time period, and you might want to mention that in your ad.

When was it last serviced? If the answer is >6 months ago, I'd suggest having it done, since buyers of better quality pianos expect that, and it can generate a technician's report which you can share with potential buyers. "Tuned 3-4 years ago and still sounds perfectly in tune!" won't cut it with a knowledgeable buyer.

Is the matching bench adjustable or fixed? That's also worth mentioning if you have an adjustable bench, since that is typically an extra-cost option.

I typed "charles walter" into the search here, and this is what it returned:
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You can also try searching the classifieds at the Piano World site and an "all of craigslist" sort of search, if you're willing to wade through some spam. This piano is going to compete favorably against 45-48" pianos from well-known Japanese makers, so you may want to keep used prices of these instruments in your market in mind while you price your piano.

Hope this helps.


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Here is what a dealer was asking on eBay, looks like the seller ended the listing early, probably sold locally. A dealer price will typically be higher than what a private seller would expect - eBay Walter Piano

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Charles R Walter prices have skyrocketed in past years for new. If it is immaculate, you might expect to pay or get 30% to 50% of what a new one would go for and Larry fine has the New ones at $13,000 to $15,000.
They are extremely fine american made quality pianos. (comparable to Steinway) The action could vary the price as well, if it is renner or if it is a walter action. (hard to tell the difference)

Shipping from Walter exceeds $400 to $500. as well. Tuning and service might cost you about $200.00

These days you can deal with Walter directly, they have used ones too. Whatever it takes.


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Originally Posted by Scott McBain
Charles R Walter prices have skyrocketed in past years for new. If it is immaculate, you might expect to pay or get 30% to 50% of what a new one would go for and Larry fine has the New ones at $13,000 to $15,000.
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Scott is giving a very direct and, I think, a very accurate answer. Two thoughts I would like to add: if you try for the higher end of the range through a private party sale, it could take a long time. Second: the average piano owner often thinks their piano is immaculate when it is not. If it needs a pitch raise, voicing, an regulation, it's not immaculate.


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