Beautifully Restored Crown Upright Orchestral Grand
Beautifully restored inside and out. Priced $800 below appraised value.
Geo. P. Bent 'Crown' Orchestral Grand Upright Piano with 4 pedals, over 50 inches tall, bearing serial number 45165. Manufactured in 1908. This piano is an antique. Antiques appreciate in value for reasons of age, artistic merit and craftsmanship. In very good condition, the action, strings, keys, pinblock, are complete and function properly, only needs minor tuning. Missing one wheel. Complete interior and exterior restoration in 2000. Inspected, repaired as necessary with replacement of worn or deteriorated parts, reassembled, tested and approved. Cabinet was completely refinished. After the color and finish were applied it was then meticulously hand rubbed to gain the optimum finish. Several minor scratches since then from moving it around.
Meticulously maintained in a climate controlled residential environment. When this instrument is tuned the value is $4,860.00. 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. As in all sales, supply and demand will affect the price you can reasonably ask for your piano. The price you sell it for greatly depends on the condition and market conditions in your area.
CROWN PIANO COMPANY This name was established in Chicago and Louisville, started with organs in 1870 . Moved to 1878 on State Street 1889; Made first Piano 'The Crown' Orchestral also made Combinola. The beautiful Crown pianos were manufactured by the famous George P. Bent Piano & Organ Company from about 1890-1949. Crown built high quality, expensive pianos that were exceptionally well built. This name was one of the most widely known in connection with American pianos. Geo.P.Bent pianos and player-pianos, including grands, are instruments of unchallenged quality.
The famous 'Crown' piano has won international fame before the Gen. P. Bent Co. acquired it. The factory and offices were located in Louisville, Ky. The instruments were of the same fine character and tone quality for which the Crown has long been noted. Pianos, player pianos and grand pianos are manufactured. This name was one of the most widely known pianos in connection with American pianos. Pianos made in this Pre Victorian era were in a combination of classical themes and various historical motifs were utilized in the delicate moldings, carved pilasters and solid trusses. The cabinets were doubly (cross-band) veneered to prevent checking or warping. The cabinets were made of Rosewood, Circassian Walnut, French Burl Walnut, Figured Dark West Indian, San Domingo or Cuban Mahogany. This was a very good brand name and should be considered as very 'collectable'.
Crown made pianos that are celebrated for their fine, pure quality tone, and further distinguished for the beauty of its case designs. Special attention was given to this important feature of artistic piano making that even the regular models of this line are noteworthy for their simplicity and grace. Cabinets using hardwood solids and veneers were hand-sanded and hand-rubbed the finish over multiple coats of lacquer to assure timeless beauty. These pianos are valued as well as for their musical abilities. This piano is an antique. Antiques appreciate in value for reasons of age, artistic merit and craftsmanship.
Unique and distinctive features of construction are usually found pianos of the size and description provided. The most important of those special features is the design of the 'over- stringing' construction. 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. 'Orchestrial Grand' or 'Cabinet Grand' is a term usually referring to certain large, pre-depression era upright pianos. 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 ' Orchestrial Grand' or 'Cabinet Grand' by their manufactures. A 58' 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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