Appraisal: July 31, 2018
This appraisal was prepared for valuation purposes for possible sale of piano.
The piano is a 4' 6” mahogany satin finish grand piano. It bears the brand name mark on on the fallboard. Manufactured by the Jasper American Pianos company, essentially an offshoot of Kimball pianos, who made many pianos, and of good quality. Manufactured in 1987.
General impressions: A nice piano in good shape for it's age, with no major flaws. Kimball held a solid reputation in the piano world for affordable pianos, and this piano has stood the test of time with no major flaws.
Recent repair work: None. At time of inspection the unit was up to pitch.
Belly work: Soundboard is in good condition, no cracking. Bridges are good. Plate and strings good. No issues to comment on except for some slight rim delamination on the curved side, but at this point it is a cosmetic issue only.
Action: The piano plays nicely - pedals work - sustain, shift and bass damper lift. Keytops are plastic, in good shape. The hammers show very little wear, good for the age of the piano. Piano plays fine, and everything works.
Cabinet: generally good, but some cosmetic issues, namely: the finish is checked, meaning it is finely cracked. In general, the piano looks nice. There is a gouge in the fallboard lip, and a tiny area on the lid where the finish has flaked off. Some gentle scratches here and there, but nothing major.
The appraised Fair Market Value as of today, July 31st 2018, in my opinion, is $2,000. The appearance and size of the piano make it an attractive unit. It plays fine and would make a great instrument for someone looking for a small baby grand piano at a relatively low price. Our appraised unit has no major flaws and can be enjoyed for many years to come.