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J.Claypole and Son

Post by iago » 10 Jan 2016, 15:13

hello all

Can someone tell me the value of this piano? The owner sell this piano by 350 pounds but I am not sure if it is a good deal.He said me that the piano is more than 100 years old .I am not sure about this but the piano looks fine, it is in good conditions.

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Post by Bill Kibby » 10 Jan 2016, 16:37

If you could post a photo showing what the WHOLE piano looks like it would help me to assess its age and type.

Nobody anywhere can guess the value or condition of a piano without inspecting it on the spot, and tuning it, so your local tuner is the best person to ask.

The overriding question with a piano of that age is whether it can be tuned.

You don't say where you are in the world. Here in Britain, unrestored antique pianos have very little value, and I am offered several each year for nothing, but I don't know what work may have been done on it.

Claypole was around for over 60 years, so the name doesn't help, does it show an address in Peterborough anywhere?
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Post by Colin Nicholson » 11 Jan 2016, 02:52

Regardless of value and selling price (which are two different things), I think the fact that its over 100 years old might send alarm bells ringing.... unless the piano was just for ornamental use or generally for "knocking out" the odd tune. If the piano had been refurbished inside at some stage, it might sell for that.... depends on advert.

What would the piano be used for? For example......

Ornament?
Bit of fun?
Children to learn on?
Adult beginner?
Good pianist?
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Re: J.Claypole and Son

Post by Baker » 05 Aug 2016, 08:48

Colin Nicholson wrote:Regardless of value and selling price (which are two different things), I think the fact that its over 100 years old might send alarm bells ringing.... unless the piano was just 1 for ornamental use or generally for "knocking out" the odd tune. If the piano had been refurbished inside at some stage, it might sell for that.... depends on advert.

What would the piano be used for? For example......

Ornament?
Bit of fun?
Children to learn on?
Adult beginner?
Good pianist?
What's wrong with old pianos? If they worked back then can't they still be tuned now?
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Re: J.Claypole and Son

Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Aug 2016, 21:20

It looks more like a twenties piano to me, can we see what the WHOLE piano looks like?

The most important factor deciding the value of a piano is its condition, and the most important aspect of that is whether it holds in tune, because repinning and restringing will cost over a thousand pounds, and this is usually more than an old piano is worth. Nobody can guess the value or condition of a piano without inspecting it on the spot, and tuning it, so your local tuner is the best person to ask about that.

Here in Britain, where antique pianos are plentiful, unrestored ones have very little value, and we are offered several each year for nothing.
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Post by vernon » 05 Aug 2016, 21:29

re Baker=" if they worked back then can't they be tuned now? " unfortunately often not.
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