Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

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Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by krafty81 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:36 pm

This forum has always been so helpful for unusual problems I have had. I have a thirties-vintage player piano that I inherited. Motor does not work but everything else does. Also have a ton of music rolls. Any ideas on unloading the piano would be appreciated and I am wondering if there is any sort of market for the music rolls?

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by gtd98765 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:48 pm

It is really hard to unload fully working pianos. A player piano that does not work seems like a really heavy paperweight that most people, especially Millennials, will not want.

I would try call some local piano tuners or piano shops, if those still exist, for advice.

Regarding the rolls, take a look at eBay and see what they sell for, if they do.

Sorry to be negative. Good luck.

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Post by runner3081 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:11 pm

gtd98765 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:48 pm
It is really hard to unload fully working pianos. A player piano that does not work seems like a really heavy paperweight that most people, especially Millennials, will not want.
Yes, it is terribly difficult. Family had to demolish our grandmother's old piano that worked (taken in pieces to the dump). No one wanted it and no charities/piano shops would take it.

It is pretty sad, such a waste, but the world is overrun with stuff.

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Post by Seal the Deal » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:21 am

Good luck. Have a similar piano and have been trying to get rid of it for 2+ months. Many ideas in this thread:

viewtopic.php?t=286127

Current plan is to disassemble and we have a wood worker lined up to make an end table and shelf from the usable wood pieces. Harp and other metal will go to the scrapyard for cash. I expect many 4-letter words will be unleashed during disassembly.

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Calhoon » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:35 am

Try Craigslist.

A couple years ago sold an old player piano for a few hundred dollars. Someone drove two states over to pick it up on a trailer.

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Gill » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:24 am

I’m familiar with someone with a similar piano who is having discussions with the manufacturer. You might try that.
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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Sheepdog » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:38 am

Try ebay with separate bids for piano and song rolls. Some are listed now and some (song rolls) are listed sold.
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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Whakamole » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:46 am

gtd98765 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:48 pm
It is really hard to unload fully working pianos. A player piano that does not work seems like a really heavy paperweight that most people, especially Millennials, will not want.
Why bring up Millennials? I'm GenX and have no space for a piano, much less a need or even a want.

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Post by livesoft » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:36 am

Wouldn't a small restaurant or bar want such a piano?
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Post by random_walker_77 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:40 am

I know someone who collects player piano rolls. Definitely list those separately on (eBay?)

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by btenny » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:15 am

There is a museum in Phoenix Arizona called the Music Instrument Museum (MIM). They have a huge collection of player pianos and paper rolls and related materials. Try calling them. They might want your old piano or the paper rolls or both.

https://mim.org/

Good Luck

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Jags4186 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:19 am

btenny wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:15 am
There is a museum in Phoenix Arizona called the Music Instrument Museum (MIM). They have a huge collection of player pianos and paper rolls and related materials. Try calling them. They might want your old piano or the paper rolls or both.

https://mim.org/

Good Luck
Additionally there is this place near Chicago that may take it.

http://www.sanfilippofoundation.org/san ... ction.html

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by gtd98765 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:36 am

Why bring up Millennials? I'm GenX and have no space for a piano, much less a need or even a want.
No disrespect intended. I have read many articles, including some BH posts, that describe millennials as being far less interested in "stuff" - brown furniture, china, fancy silverware, etc - than those from earlier generations.

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Post by THY4373 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:09 pm

gtd98765 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:36 am
Why bring up Millennials? I'm GenX and have no space for a piano, much less a need or even a want.
No disrespect intended. I have read many articles, including some BH posts, that describe millennials as being far less interested in "stuff" - brown furniture, china, fancy silverware, etc - than those from earlier generations.
That may be true but I think it is spreading across generations somewhat. I am a GenX'er and was a heavy collector of a lot of that stuff in my time but now I am trying to get rid of it (I already got rid of a lot). Stuff is a responsibility, old stuff even more so. At this point if it isn't a family heirloom or something I'll use regularly, I don't want it. My ex who is also a GenX'er is similar.

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by SrGrumpy » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:11 pm

gtd98765 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:36 am
Why bring up Millennials? I'm GenX and have no space for a piano, much less a need or even a want.
No disrespect intended. I have read many articles, including some BH posts, that describe millennials as being far less interested in "stuff" - brown furniture, china, fancy silverware, etc - than those from earlier generations.
I don't think millennials - the oldest of whom are pushing 40 - or their parents, or grandparents are interested in that stuff.

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Steelersfan » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:09 pm

Jags4186 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:19 am
btenny wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:15 am
There is a museum in Phoenix Arizona called the Music Instrument Museum (MIM). They have a huge collection of player pianos and paper rolls and related materials. Try calling them. They might want your old piano or the paper rolls or both.

https://mim.org/

Good Luck
Additionally there is this place near Chicago that may take it.

http://www.sanfilippofoundation.org/san ... ction.html
And one near Pittsburgh.

https://www.bayernhofmuseum.com/

I think they're out of room for additional pianos but they might want the rolls. Contacting each of the museums might give you leads on other places that might want one.

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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by Eagle33 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:01 pm

A piano aquarium for a Boglehead?
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Re: Selling an old player piano and lots of song rolls

Post by mariezzz » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:37 am

This guy might be a good person to contact
http://www.startribune.com/remember-pla ... 559505322/

The player piano was one of the earliest computers. Try to give it away to someone who will try to restore it or will use the parts to fix other player pianos.

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