Bluebook Of Pianos

1980

"Piano Consumer Quality & Price Guidelines"

1980 Consumer Chart of Pianos and  Prices

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These Quality & Price Guides to pianos are designed to supplement the analytical matter pertaining to the quality of these instruments. To some degree the information is for historical purposes. But it was compiled as a guide for buyers and sellers of used pianos intended to inform them of the differences in price and quality during that period. Used piano buyers desire to know something concerning these points. We accept no advertising, we find it is difficult to maintain objectivity when you are accepting money or revenues from a dealer, sponsor or manufacturer of the products you are reviewing.

             Vertical Pianos

Check this chart for piano brands and costs. Prices shown are from the best available information and do not include freight, delivery, dealer preparation or associated expenses. The ratings are the opinion of the author who is solely responsible for its content. Prices shown are approximate.

  • Group I are top quality pianos of unquestioned merit and represent the best value for a lifetime investment.
  • Group II are pianos of excellent construction and quality in a medium price range.
  • Group III are pianos of generally lower price but completely capable of  giving satisfactory service.

Not all pianos in a given group are of the same quality, price or value and there may only be a small difference between the top names of a lower group and the bottom names in the group above it.

No attempt has been made to include all names in Group II and III. Private label pianos are omitted and only brand names which are nationally known are listed. All three groups are alphabetical listings.

GROUP I SPINET CONSOLE STUDIO
Baldwin

$1,895 to $2,695

$2,295 to $2,852

$2,495 to $2,852
Chickering   $2,995 to $3,484  
Everett   $2.645 to $2.945 $2.395 to $2.920
Kawai   52.595 to $2.920 $2.650 to $4,040
Knabe  

$3.295 to $3.682

 
Kohler & Campbell

$1.586 to $2.120

$1.884 to $3.152 $2,194 to $2.390
Mason-Hamlin   3.696 to $3,864 $4.195 to $4.550
Sohmer   2.895 to $3,795 $2,795 to $3,280
Steinway  

$4.050 to $4,850

$4,200 to $4,600

Yamaha   $2,595 to $3,140 $2,650 to $4,045
GROUP II      
Cable $1.695 to $2,195 $1,845 to $2,165 $1,975 to $2,200
Currier $1,595 to 51 ,795 $1,795 to 51,995  
Kimball $1,720 to $1 ,900 $1,990 to $3.070 $2.120 to $2,450
Kranich & Bach $1,695 to $2,195 $1,845 to $2,165  
Lowery   $2,350 to $3.140  
Story & Clark  

$2,120 to $2.975

$2,240 to $3,175

Winter

$1.695 to $2.195

$1.845 to $2,165

$1,995 to $2,220

Wurlitzer

$1,744 to $2.258

$1,920 10 $2,854

$2.216 to $3,250

GROUP III  Bradbury. Cable. Hammond. A.B. Chase, Jesse French. Gordon Laughead. Grand Piano Company. Kincaid, Hallett & Davis. Harrington, Hobart M. Cable, Howard. Ivers & Pond. Mehlin & Son. Henry F. Miller. Poole. Shonlnger. Sterling. Whitney. Whitmore and another 50 stencil names. Prices should run between $1.195 and $1.495 for these. Prices shown will vary in different parts of the country and are approximate based on available information. Opinions of merit or quality are those of the author who is solely responsible for the content of this article.
Grand Pianos

GROUP I

BRAND NAME SIZES 1971 PRICE RANGE 1981 PRICE RANGE
Baldwin

5'2" to 9'

$3.018 to $7.700

$9.628 to $21.492

Kawai

  5'1" to 9'2"

$1.695 to $6.250

$5.970 to $19.040

Knabe

5'1" to 9'

$2.300 to $6.550

$7.236 to $20.456

Mason & Hamlin

5'4" to 8'11"

$3.200 to $6,900

$9.746 to $21,236

Sohmer

5' to 5'7"

$2.545 to $3.700

$8.022 to $8.922

Steinway

5'1" to 9'

$3.325 to $7,500

$11.420 to $24.456

Yamaha

5'3" to 9'

$1,695 to $6.195

$5.136 to $20.338

GROUP II      
Aeolian/ American

5'1"

$2.390 to $2.990 $5.250 to $5,850
Cable

5'1"

$2.390 to $2.990 $5.250 to $5,850
Kranich & Bach.

5'1"

$2.390 to $2.990 $5.250 to $5,850
Hardman,Peck

5'1"

$2.390 to $2.990 $5.250 to $5,850
Henry A. Miller

5'1"

$2.390 to $2.990 $5.250 to $5,850
Winter

5'1"

$2.390 to $2.990 $5.250 to $5,850
Chickering

5'1" to 5'8"

$2,560 to $3.240 $6,775 to $7.550
Kimball

5'8"

$2,500

$6.880

Kimball

4'5" to 6'7"

  $5,180 to $9,335
Kohler & Campbell

5' to 6'

  $6.232 to $7,732
Wurlitzer 5'2"   $8.342
       

Prices shown will vary in different parts of the country and are approximate based on available information. Opinions of merit or quality are those of the author who is solely responsible for the content of this article.  

                                                                                                                                                    

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