Chappell Piano Advice

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Chappell Piano Advice

Post by ebonynotivory » 21 Dec 2017, 17:19

Hello

I would appreciate some advice. This Piano has been handed down in our family over the generations but not much is known about it.
It is in very very good condition. Barely a blemish on it. Not one bit of rust and no woodworm or other nasties. Still holds tuning very well indeed.

A lot of my family are not around anymore to ask questions about it and i now have to downsize our house due to illness so the piano has to go. It looks like a lot of work has been done to the insides, it looks far too new to be 150 years old and we where told that it had thousands spend on it 15 years or so ago but have no paperwork as to what. What does it look like has been done?

I would just like more information about it so i can sell it and know what to say about it and how much to ask for it. Looking online at other Chappell pianos in good condition are going from just over £1000 to many thousands for early 1900s examples but if this really is from the 1860s i can not find any others to compare it to in regards of price and condition etc. If it is worth money then i will sell it but if not i may just keep in in the family and pass it on.

When i look up the serial number (08780) i keep getting a date of 1865/1870 which does tie into the time that my great grandparents moved from London to Northern Ireland in the 1870s.

I would appreciate any advice on this and really appreciate your time!

Thank you!
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Re: Chappell Piano Advice

Post by Barrie Heaton » 22 Dec 2017, 13:01

if you get £500.00 for It will be impressed, its only a strait strung over damper

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Re: Chappell Piano Advice

Post by Bill Kibby » 27 Dec 2017, 15:50

This is not a piano of the 1860s, it is more like 1920. There will be other numbers which should help us to narrow down the date. Have a look at the Victorian and Edwardian pages at pianohistory.info for examples of both periods.

If it were an 1860s piano you would be lucky to get £30 here in the UK, but it might be even less if it is an unrestored upright of 1920.
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