Barrel Piano, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $4,000 (1999)
$1,500 - $2,500 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:52)
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GUEST: My grandfather pulled it along the streets of Baltimore and that's how he made his living. That was in the early 1900s.
APPRAISER: This is called a barrel piano. Now, if you want to help me, we're going to take this top off. We can show the strings. There are your workings. So it's just like a normal piano except for, instead of having the keys you have this barrel here. That's pinned, and it's programmed so that as it plays it hits the notes that it needs to to play the music. The barrel can play eight different tunes. Let's see what it sounds like. (playing waltz tune) That's really good, that's in good condition. It needs some tuning, but at auction I think you'd probably fetch between $2,000 and $4,000, if you were to ever sell it, which I know you don't want to because it's a family heirloom. Enjoy using it, and let the world see it.
GUEST: Thank you.
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