Henry F. Miller Upright Player Piano CIRCA 1920-1925
For Sale: A beautiful Henry F. Miller 1920-1925 player piano, refurbished 10 years ago. I just had it appraised and have copied it below. I have also updated the price accordingly and will accept the best offer.
"August 25, 2013
Dear Tina L Rodda,
In reference to your inquiry regarding your Henry F. Miller Cabinet Grand Upright Piano, bearing serial number 50069, manufactured in 1922. B+ rating. In very good condition, piano is free of any major defects. The exterior finish is in mint condition. Refurbished 10 years ago. This has been repaired with replacement of all worn or deteriorated parts, tested and approved to at least the tolerances of a new piano. Mechanically the motor has stopped working. The cords, hammer and keys are all original but two hammers don't extend far enough to strike the cords when the keys are pressed. Any repairs or reconditioning should be added to the value. Maintained in a climate controlled residential environment. When this instrument is tuned the value is $2,660.00. Based on the age, condition, size, grade and rarity of this piano. This refers to the price that you would need to pay to buy the nearest equivalent to your piano. This is the actual value of your piano as it stands in your living room. This is the amount you want to insure your piano for in case of loss or damage. This is the amount an insurance company would pay in case of loss.
MILLER PIANO CO., HENRY F. Est. 1863, Among the art products of the American piano in dustry are the instruments of the Henry F. Miller Piano Co. The late Henry F. Miller, Sr., founder of this house, was a fine musician and organist. When, at the age of nineteen, he entered a prominent piano factory in Boston, he at once took a he became identified with the earliest beginning of piano manufacturing in Boston. Having started operations in 1863, this house has always adhered strictly to the highest possible standard of manufacture. Henry F. Miller pianos have received the hearty endorsement of artists, musicians and teachers of high repute. These instruments have always been distinguished for their artistic and harmonious case designs, and for their rich, full tone. Henry F. Miller was later a subsidiary of the Ivers & Pond Company, Memphis, Tenn.
This was the era that the design of the piano was being perfected by manufacturers. These instruments were usually finished in mahogany, oak, or walnut, with a nice medium to medium dark patina. They are well known for tonal quality, including a robust, resonant bass, rich and warm tenor and a treble with a singing tone, bell-like in its clarity. This piano was created for professional use in concert halls, elite hotels, fine restaurants, schools, churches and other institutions, and for anyone one who requires grand piano characteristics where their volume and powerful presence was needed. Only the finest private homes could afford to accommodate such a striking and expensive instrument.
.The upright player piano was operated by pumping two large foot pedals which came out from inside the lower panel of the instrument. Pumping these pedals created a vacuum, which operated a perforated paper roll located behind sliding doors in the front panel of the instrument. The perforations in the paper roll passed over a series of holes through which vacuum was pulled to activate the keys. These pianos also contained a pneumatically operated self-playing mechanism. The heyday for the player piano in America was the late teens to the mid twenties.
The Cabinet Grand Upright piano is noted for its structural soundness, extreme durability and charming tone quality. Before 1890 most upright pianos were "straight strung", that is the strings were straight up and down, afterwards the strings were over lapping. This gives this upright longer strings with the tone of a grand piano and makes it especially well adapted for concert use. "Cabinet Grand" is a term usually referring to certain large upright pianos over 50" tall. Due to their towering height, these instruments usually had string lengths and musical capabilities equal and often superior to actual grand pianos, thus being labeled "Cabinet Grand" by their manufactures. A 50" upright provides as much total soundboard area as 7' grand piano. Its #1 bass string's length nearly matches that of a 6'3" grand. In other words, you get grand piano performance quality in a vertical instrument.
The appraisal values are stated in U.S. Dollars and are based on market values from several sources. Based on comparisons of pianos of this age, condition and nature offered for sale in newspapers and the internet by private parties, music stores, auction houses, and piano teachers, These values are certified through research in Directories of the Music Industry such as, The Presto Piano Buyers Guide, The Pierce Musical Instrument Atlas, The Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments and The Bluebook of Pianos, and the Piano Times Newspaper. Our appraisals strictly adhere to the Ethics and guidelines of The International Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. All of our appraisals follow the mandates of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 2013.
Robert T. Furst - Author
Bluebook of Pianos
Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca. 92688
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