This is my first time posting a thread. I must say I have learned so much on here and I am thankful to anyone who will be able to give me some advice/insight.
I am currently looking to upgrade from the piano I have now (Baldwin L 1980). I have been looking for something larger and more powerful (around 6’8” to 7’ or so). I came across a 1965 Mason and Hamlin BB where I live. This grand piano is all original and the seller informed me there was one previous owner (he knows of). He purchased the instrument in an estate sale-type thing, since the owner had passed. The seller is a piano tech/mover who has a warehouse (which is he keeps temperature regulated) and sells pianos out of there.
He is asking $16K but is definitely open to offers.
I have seen the piano and from what I can tell everything seems to look good. The case is in great condition and it plays nicely. Action is smooth, but could definitely use regulating.
I have been trying to research what a fair price would be, is $16K a fair price for this? I understand that this piano falls into a category where M&H’s quality wasn’t so good. Can anyone attest to this as well?
I appreciate any help!
I found three 1965-70 vintage BB's on sale on Pianomart. Prices range from $9K original condition to $35K totally restored. One has been slightly refurbished (down near San Diego) and is being offered for $14,500.
Follow this link and search for grand pianos built by M&H that are over 6 feet. https://www.pianomart.com/
And yes, the Aeolian years were not M&H's best - but current condition is what really matters. It might be worth having the piano checked out by an independent tech.