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All the Instruments on these pages have been inspected and/or tuned by myself prior to being listed. Almost without exception the price quoted is equal to or very slightly above the lower end of my valuation range. Consequently, whilst you are free to offer less than the asking price (Buyers deal directly with the Seller) don't be surprised if there is little room for negotiation.

When contacting the seller please be sure to mention either myself (Nigel Morton) or PIANOFINDERSOUTHWALES. Buyers are responsible for their own removal costs. 

I am constantly updating the site contents but regretfully cannot be held responsible if it turns out that a listed instrument is no longer 'For Sale'; to this end I would appreciate your feedback. @  nigelmorton@pianofindersouthwales.co.uk                                                                                                                   

  PIANO OF THE WEEK

BLUTHNER  BABY GRAND   No: 119144.  A 5ft , 88 note model manufactured in 1935, the "Hay Day" of this (and many other) manufacturer{s} Every thing being pretty much original , the "fiddleback" mahogany casework whilst not quite in showroom condition, has acquired an attractively rich patina. Likewise the action & keys which still play perfectly well are just beginning to show the inevitable signs of wear & tear( string cuts in the hammers and rather noisy  hammer return are both relatively easy to fix). All is structurally still sound and having recently tuned it to A.440 , I can confirm that the  characteristic Bluthner tone does not disappoint.

PRICE:  2500

 

LOCATION:     Penarth,  Vale of Glamorgan.    

CONTACT:      029 20710158

 

 BARGAIN  BASEMENT

FREE TO A GOOD HOME

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

WITTON & WITTON Upright.  This good quality 85 note British over-strung (c. 1925) has been languishing unplayed in a closed down church for the last few years. Structurally sound , with a full bodied tone the pitch has not dropped from A.440 - due to the slightly damp atmosphere which has also caused the mechanism to become a little "heavy". If allowed to "dry out" slowly and then tuned back up to A.440Hz(100) the piano should then perform as well as any other of similar age. A few of the keys are chipped, a bass bi-chord string is missing (replaceable but not essential) and the cabinet H:120cms W:148cms D: 63cms ,not quite as dark as the photo suggests, by no means imacculate!

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LOCATION:     Barry,  Vale of Glamorgan.    

CONTACT:      01446 406690

0 - 300

SPENCER  Upright. This British made compact over strung was bought new in 1933 by the current owner's parents. It has since been well used and equally well maintained over the passing years. Recently  tuned to A.440Hz, i can confirm that strings, pins, soundboard and bridges are all structurally sound and that the action&keys are working well. (though a minor running repair will soon be required to re-center a couple of hammers). The med mahogany cabinet (H: 113cms D: 62cms W: 147cms) is in reasonable condition for its age and appears more than usually "petite" due to the castors having been removed!! Asking price allows for both the cost of castors/repairs AND the need for a quick sale.

PRICE:  295

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LOCATION:     Sully,  Vale of Glamorgan.    

   CONTACT:      07977 641626


BLUTHNER  Upright No: 59969 . This over-strung , manufactured in 1902 has an over damper action , which, because its a Bluthner and its had new damper felts actually performs as well as (if not better than) an English under damper of this period! The original strings & pins are still good and combine with the recently overhauled action to produce a  rich tone with a responsive even touch. Currently @ A.430 Hz it will require a double tuning to restore the pitch and because the cabinet - H:130cms W:154cms D:69cms is by no means immaculate this quality instrument is offered at the reduced - - - - - - - -

PRICE:  300

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LOCATION:     Pontcanna   Cardiff.   

CONTACT:      07946 492818

300- 600 

HOPKINSON Upright. A compact 85 note model manufactured in the late 30's by this under-rated British maker and extensively re-felted and overhauled (by myself) over 20 years ago. It is therefore in excellent mechanical condition (having been little played since). Structurally all is good and as it should be - the consistently light touch producing a surprisingly "big" sound. The case-work however is beginning to show its age but is still largely quite presentable and measures; H: 118cms  W: 148cms  D: 60cms.  Tuned very recently a 1/2tone below Concert ( so a double tuning will be needed if A.440 is required)

PRICE:  350

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LOCATION:     St Andrews Major,  Vale of Glamorgan.    

CONTACT:      07816 914333


BLUTHNER Upright. No. 89257. This over-damper over-strung manufactured in 1913 is unusually well preserved. The ivory keys (88 notes), handsome walnut French-polished casework and original candlestick sconces being in exceptional condition. Little is known of it's history - the seller only became it's owner through a recent house move - but having just tuned it (currently A.430Hz) i can confirm that it has been little played of late. The pin-block, bridges and soundboard are all good and the original strings have lost very little of their classic "Bluthner" sound. The over damper action still performs extremely well , and could be further improved with a simple service but buyers should be aware that by design the damping, even on this top quality action, will always be less effective than that of more modern under-damper mechanisms. Cabinet measures H: 130cms  W: 156cms D: 69cms.

PRICE:  475.00

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LOCATION:     Heath,  Cardiff.    

CONTACT:      07830  187202


BERRY Upright  No: 28657. This impressive looking over strung dates from the mid  to late 20's, but having been extensively reconditioned in the mid 80's, appears to be much younger - an otherwise highly sympathetic cabinet modernisation has left the instrument "nameless". Mechanically all is well and despite having only a 3/4 Iron frame, the piano holds up to pitch extremely well. At  125cms this model would have been the "flagship" for this fairly modest British maker. (other dimensions-  D: 63cms  W: 150cms). Discerning pianists might detect a couple of "tired" bass strings - if need be these could be replaced for the cost of a tuning.

PRICE:  600

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LOCATION:     Penarth  Vale of Glamorgan    

CONTACT:      02920  707813      


CHALLEN  Upright No:  61064. This 7 octave manufactured in 1937, dates from the makers best period and apart from having had an action overhaul approximately 30 years ago is otherwise all original. The distinctive casework with its sloping bottom door and rounded shoulders is in reasonable condition for its age but has some crazed veneer on bass cheek as well as a few "scuffs" on the front rail. Structurally all is as it should be , tight tuning pins and a full bodied well-balanced sound across the compass. The action & keys still have an even and surprisingly light touch.

PRICE:  550

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LOCATION:   Penarth.   Vale of Glamorgan   

CONTACT:      02920  702833          jeffguppy@hotmail.com

600 - 1200

STECK  4' 6" Grand. Serial No: 20254. This 88 note model, manufactured c.1905, boasts a roller action with "new" hammer and damper felts- these were replaced along with a good number of key felts as part of a restoration job (some 25 + years ago) which included re-polishing the mahogany casework. Having lain un-tuned and un-played for several years , i was only able to set the pitch @ A 435 and ensure free movement of the action parts. I would advise potential buyers to allow for an additional 2-3hrs of regulating (dampers & hammers) as well as a further pitch raising.

PRICE:  650

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LOCATION:     Cyncoed,  Cardiff.    

CONTACT       07957 141566      

 1200 - 2500

 

 

 2500 - 5000


       Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have regarding the above.

 

Nothing here to suit your requirements? Do visit again soon as I am constantly updating the site, and in the mean time if you come across an instrument that you think might, then I will be happy to carry out an inspection for you and provide you with a brief report as to condition and value. {see Valuations & Inspections  WHAT I DO }