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We have a piano we no longer need, and I am hoping someone can assess if it has any value, and what to do with it.

The brand is John Spencer. I am unsure about the exact serial number, it seems to be 26218 but it could also be 26210, the last digit is not completely clear, please see the first two photos at the bottom of this post.

Visually, it seems to be in good overall condition. The most noticeable issue is probably the wear/chip to the pedal - please see the other photo at the bottom of my post.

All keys work fine. When we had it tuned in 2018 we were told that the best that could be done was to tune it half a tone/step below a concert standard.

Could this piano have any value? If not, what is the cheapest way to get rid of it?

Unfortunately I cannot take a photo of the mechanism at the moment but I hope this doesn’t make a fundamental difference.

If it helps, we are in Nottingham, it is on the ground floor, the route out would be:

1. Out through the kitchen door - there are no steps, the threshold is a "normal height" above the ground. The kitchen door will need to be taken off but I can do that myself.

2. Across a flat, grassy garden, onto a flat driveway and onto a flat road with a dropped kerb.

I can help with the handling of it and can also get two friends to come and help if it makes a big difference to the removal price (it took four of us to bring it in originally).

Critically, we are moving house 26th June (that’s in a week), and need to get rid of it by then.

Please let me know if you need any photos or other information to make an assessment, or if anyone is interested in viewing it.

Thank you in advance for any help.
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A picture of the whole piano would be helpful. Most likely its value to you is what it is worth to you as an instrument to play. I can't speak for the UK market, but in the US it most likely would not sell for much.

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Need to get it out of your house in a week? Offer it up for free in as many places as you can. Otherwise you may have to pay the junk man to haul it away.

The mention that the piano could not be tuned to concert pitch three years ago likely indicates the piano has significant problems that would exceed its value to repair.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.


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Gumtree? Freecycle?

(I think the last digit is "9" by the way - not that this is relevant.)

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As a fellow owner of a John Spencer piano (but branded Normelle), I hate to tell you that your piano is almost certainly worthless. If it's still serviceable, you may get a few hundred quid if you're very lucky.

If you need to get it out of your house fast, offer it for free. As well as gumtree, facebook etc, you could advertise it at the local school and ask any local piano teachers if they have any students who might like it: if it's like mine it would be fine up to grade 5 ABRSM and a broke beginner may well be very grateful for it.

It seems to have a handsome case.

Good luck, and let us know!

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Thanks for your responses. We did find a taker on gumtree freebies at the eleventh hour so the piano is saved from destruction and we've been spared the hassle of disposal.

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Thank you for the update! I’m relieved that my piano’s ‘cousin’ is continuing to bring joy and music into somebody’s life.
I hope the move went well!


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