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I have a 101-year-old piano! Opinions on whether it's worth it to have a tuner take a look?

I got the piano for free - some people moved and left it behind and their neighbors "rescued" it and free-cycled it.

I am keeping it no matter what, for the history and because it's beautiful. It has a metal plate inside that says "Trademark Registered Valley Gem Cincinnati-Chicago, and in the center is the number 20628. I did some research, and as best I can figure it was made in about 1913.

Still, I was wondering if anyone thought it might be worth it to have a piano tuner out to take a look. It's actually not that out of tune considering its age and that we moved it. Some of the keys are in tune (to my ear) and others are flat and the sound is kind of "doubled;" all of them play. It's an upright.

If anyone one does think I should have a tuner out, would you have any idea what I should expect to pay? I'm in Florida.

Thank you so much in advance! Be brutally honest; I can take it!
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  • Hey Danils,

    Thanks for posting!

    I'm afraid this topic is a little outside of the scope of this forum. M-Audio manufactures MIDI controllers, speakers and audio interfaces.

    While I can't offer you professional advice regarding this, I can speak from personal experience. I have an upright Steinway (c. 1950) at home and have it tuned once a year. This is considered the minimum amount. Generally, it's recommended to tune the piano 4 times in the first year and two thereafter. This is all subject to the surrounding elements, how much temperature fluctuates, humidity, etc.

    For regional cost you'd have to contact a local piano tuner. They should be able to offer you a rough quote of what to expect for the initial tuning and following maintenance.

    My advice would be to have it inspected before paying to tune the piano, as it can be an investment overtime. The main concern with antique pianos is that the tuning pins might not be tight enough to hold the tuning.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • I’m mourning the loss of my last piano to that no piano playing she-witch. M*#&$^ F&@!$^ !!!!
    Being in Tampa Bay, I would say if this 'gem' (put not originally intended) is inside, and you don't have the windows open where all the shitty Fla. humidity and/or salt water in the natural air, an!d you have available cash (piano tuner woo $$ hoo! ) and the 'harp' is good condition, by all means, go for it! Have the sucker tuned up and cherish it. I've given up an old Steinway upright (not with any choice, we were moving and I was like 9 -- they thought I would dig the new spinet Kimbell -- never 'grew' into that, but at least I still had something to learn on and was already head over heals into late 70;s electronic boards...Mom got me a Crumar Roadrunner with Piano I, II and Clav and Harpsichord settings...She got in trouble with dad and I became a little Rick Wakeman-Ha Ha) and lastly 'gave' up -to my ex-wife during the break - a kick ass spinit/upright combo (forgot name) with a stamp into the metal of the harp said '400$' and 1928 and a little ink stamp almost not visible (by the floor or harp's bottom 'oct.1929' leading me to believe that one of the first owners might have replaced the harp...This means that someone had some cashola during the great depression. It sounded awesome. Cherish your find, congrads on your keen findings on it's date of birth and anything else... If you have a friend who knows pianos have 'him' take a look and go for the big Tuning and Physical. Cheers!
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