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Value of Nickelodeon
By Larry Fisher

This guy calls me up and wants to know the value of his Stark player piano and a Wurlitzer nickelodeon.

The value of either is what ever price you can get for them. The sellability is determined by the market's ability to "absorb" them. Sellability determines price/value.

In this market area, player pianos are at their lowest. The dealers have them marked at $2000 and $3000 for basic players, and they aren't selling. The newspaper has them listed for $1000 to $1500 and they aren't selling. (All listings indicated are for players that work.) Stripped players -- ones with their player mechanisms removed -- are not selling as straight pianos for much more than $700. (It's sad, since most players from the 'twenties were put in really well-built pianos.)

So anyway, I told this guy the player was only worth $1500 tops if he were to try and sell it out of his home (realistic numbers). This price includes 40 rolls and matching bench.

The nickelodeon -- I hadn't a clue as to it's value, and I informed him of the fact that the unit was a collector's item and had value only to that small market that was willing to buy such a beast. As a last effort to come up with a number, I promised him I would post this query on the Internet and see what transpires:

-->> What's the value of a Wurlitzer nickelodeon, number 18457? <<--

Give it your best shot and I'll interpolate from there.

Larry Fisher RPT
specialist in players, retrofits, and other complicated stuff
phone 360-256-2999 or email (revised 10/96)

(Message sent Sun 12 Jan 1997, 05:08:15 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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