How can I know if a piano is worth saving? I am a repurposer of old woods?



Asked by: Nikki Martin

Do old pianos have value?





Antique pianos and organs can be valued anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It is important that sellers realize the real value difference between a restored instrument and an unrestored instrument.

Are old pianos good?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.

Can old pianos be tuned?

While improvement is possible with many older pianos, unfortunately not all neglected pianos can be tuned. If your piano’s pitch is lower than 10 cents* below concert pitch, then it may be possible for us to organise a pitch adjustment as part of bringing it up to concert pitch level.

How do I know if my piano is worth anything?

We suggest setting your initial asking price about 10–15% higher than the FMV, and accept any offer within 15–20% of the FMV. Make the buyer of your piano feel as if they have “won” while you still get Fair Market Value for your instrument.

How do I know how much my piano is worth?





Appraisers of used pianos and other consumer goods typically use three different methods to determine fair market value: comparable sales, depreciation, and idealized value minus the cost of restoration.

Is piano worth restoring?

That said, the life of a piano is relative to its use, but adding 50-70 years of playability and beauty is a worthwhile investment to keep a valuable, handmade piano alive. Additionally, a new piano drops in value like a brand new car would. Restored pianos hold their value longer than brand new pianos.

Is a 20 year old piano still good?

10-20 years: Depending on use and environment, sometimes pianos feel brand new while at other times, they might feel subtly broken in. At 30 years: the difference between the new, tight and succinct feel of a piano can change depending on use. With light use, pianos will feel like the 20-year version.

What do you do with old pianos?

Here’s how you can properly get rid of your old piano:

  1. Determine is your broken piano is beyond repair – if it can be fixed, it may have more value being donated.
  2. Check to see if your local trash or junk removal service, charities, and recycling facility accepts pianos or offers piano disposal service.

How much is a 60 year old piano worth?

SO – What’s my piano worth?



Piano Type Age Approximate Value Range
Steinway & Sons 5-10 years Around 80% of new $60,000 to $90,000
Steinway & Sons 10-20 years 60-70 % of new $45,000 to $70,000
Steinway & Sons 20-30 years 50% of new $40,000 – $60,000
Yamaha/Kawai/Samick

What makes a piano valuable?

Pianos are more expensive than other instruments mostly because the quality of the wood and the amount that’s used to build the instrument. Pianos are mostly made of wood, and it’s not just your average lumber.

Is there a blue book for pianos?

The Bluebook of Pianos is an invaluable handbook for anyone who owns or plans to buy a piano. After an illustrated discussion of piano structure that explains the workings of both grand and upright pianos, the book gives careful advice for purchasing a new or used piano.

How do you tell what year a piano is?

Pianos also have other numbers printed on them such as part numbers and many other pianos do not have a serial number at all. Many pianos will have a 4, 5 or 6 digit serial number to identify the age of the piano. Using this number, along with the manufacturer, the age of the piano can sometimes be determined.



What is the best way to sell a used piano?

There are several ways to go about selling a piano, but in my experience some approaches yield better results than others. You may have already considered online classifieds like Craigslist, Offer Up, Facebook Marketplace or the possibility of consigning or selling to a piano store.

How much do pianos depreciate?

Pianos typically depreciate to 78% of their value in the first year alone. After this, you can see it slowly continues to decline for 20 years, reaching its final number of 40% of its original value. What is this? As you can see, after the first couple of years, pianos will depreciate by about 5% per year.

Can you sell a piano with ivory keys?

Buying and selling ivory is illegal.
This applies to all ivory items — sculptures, embellishments, keytops, and even entire pianos with ivory keys.

How much does tuning a piano cost?

$65 to $225



The average price to tune a piano ranges from $65 to $225, and the cost can increase by several hundred dollars if the piano requires multiple tuning sessions or repairs. Piano tuning is a skill that only experienced professionals should do.

Can you tune a piano after 20 years?

A new piano, or a piano 10, 15 or 20 years old that has never been serviced needs tuning three or four times before stabilizing. The only exception is when a new piano has been sitting on the showroom floor for several months and has gone through several in-house, or showroom tunings before purchased.

Can a piano be Untunable?

If your piano is old, was poorly manufactured, neglected, or some combination of the three, your piano might be untunable. This is most often a repairable problem.