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Antiquing with talk show host Jason Galka

At home with Jason Galka
Photo by Jon Graziano

We embarked on a short journey to Long Island's North Folk region to delve into the passion of antiquing with television talk show host, Jason Galka and antique shopping has been a hobby of his for some time and he said, "I love the look of antiques preferably furniture."

One of Jason's most recent acquisition, is a 1890 Concord piano built in New York City by a company founded by George P. Bent, which closed in 1929 during the Great Depression era. This particular purchase happened to be a phenomenal find for only $350 and after doing a little research, Galka discovered that the piano unfurnished is worth $5,000 and should he decide to refurbish it like a collector did, he can command an impressive amount in the tune of $12,000. "I found the piano at one of our favorite thrift stores that also carries dozens of antiques. The store is called, Psalms 34:8 Thrift on the North shore of Long Island," says Jason of the familiar place to local collectors.

Originally, the piano was a mahogany wood finish that has been repainted black by a previous owner. The piano is picturesque as it is nestled in a corner between family heirlooms, antiques, a tiffany lamp and a sofa by Laura Ashley. In fact, the piano compliments the living room, with it's soft green accents and white moldings inside the 813 square foot modern townhouse somewhere in Long Island behind a gated community.

A lover of theater and the art of music, Jason Galka knows that this type of piano has been used in many old films and a common cabaret fixture. The famous American jazz pianist, Richard "Dick" Hyman performed on a similar Concord piano like Jason's. The talk show host says, "I love to play it everyday. I manage to set an hour a day aside to play it and unwind from a long day. My piano teacher was a Ukrainian woman who taught me classical's and the "Moonlight Sonata" and "Fur Elise" sound beautiful on this beauty. I love it!"

You can follow Jason Galka on social media @JasonGalka on Facebook, twitter and instagram.

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