Dispersing Randolph Herr Collection - A Sad Story
By Don Teach
Three years ago the Randolph Herr estate [Randy's brother, Michael
Herr] called me about his nine-foot Steinway ex-Duo-Art piano. I had
no clue as to its condition at the time and made a offer to buy the
piano. As time passed the brother decided it was worth fifty thousand
which was double my offer.
More time passed and I saw the piano offered for sale on the Internet.
We reconnected so I had photos sent. I could not determine the
condition of the piano but was told it had a new soundboard and strings,
etc. We made a deal, as his price had come down, and I was getting the
so-called "Green Piano" and one other Duo-Art in the basement.
I had paid a piano tuner to look at the nine foot piano but not the
others. It did have new strings but not a new soundboard. I paid
a moving crew to pick up the pianos only to have them refuse as the
pianos were in pieces. So I didn't complete the deal.
A month ago Herr called my partner and tried to sell him every piano
in the house for five thousand dollars. I said okay but first I am
going to have a player guy look at the pianos. Everything was still
in pieces so I passed on this deal. The house has since been sold and
as far as I know the pianos were headed to the dump.
It is a shame to see this but if the owner had paid a tuner that knew
Randolph to at least put the parts with the pianos then he could have
sold them. I have about a thousand dollars invested in movers and
tuners. It's a shame to see this happen to what I think ended up being
five Steinway player grands and three Steinway upright players.
The moral of story is don't leave someone a bunch of pianos all in
pieces, and if you do then leave a note telling them they are worth
nothing until they are put back together.
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