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Value of Universal Player Company Piano
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Tom Gregory writes:  "I received a call this evening from a
gentleman who wishes to sell a Universal Player Company player piano
located in southeast Wisconsin.  He asked me to see the piano and give
an estimate of the instrument's value."

Since the Universal Player Piano used the pre-formed polyurethane
pouches which suffer from the ravages of humidity, I'd be reluctant to
quote any fair-market value above the value of the piano itself.
Although it is not exceedingly difficult to rebuild the stack and the
associated peripheral devices, the only replacement pouches available at
this time (to the best of my knowledge) are Tuftane pouches which are
available from Story & Clark (the old Classic Player Piano Co. now
owned by QRS) in Seneca, PA.  These pouches, while not identical to the
original pouches, fit fairly well and work well if properly installed.

My guess at the value would be between $1600 and $2100 if the unit has
been fairly well maintained over the past 12-17 years.  If the unit
still works well, i.e., all the player functions are still 100%
operative, that figure might be closer to $2500 but I wouldn't offer
any guarantees.

This is only my opinion.

John A. Tuttle (

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