This is by no means a definitive guide to piano values. The true value of a piano is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for the piano. So, to begin, one needs to have an idea of what a piano like yours is going for -
Keep in mind that how much is being asked for a piano in a store or on Craigslist is not necessarily what the piano will actually sell for. In my experience, most are highly over priced, and do not sell, or sell for substantially less. One cannot compare their piano to the price of that in a retail store (which is what I see) as retail pianos usually have been refurbished, serviced, include some kind of warranty as well as a tuning and delivery.
If one would take two pianos, set them side by side and there is actually no difference between the pianos, it's going to come down to sound quality and mechanical condition to a serious player - the better a piano sounds and performs, the more musical value to a player will win every time, regardless of how the piano looks.
I also hear people say that they have been told their piano is an antique piano that would be worth say, $20,000 restored. It can cost $15,000 to $18,000 to get that piano restored.
Think about it for one moment:
I have ample opportunity to rebuild and restore antique pianos, but there isn't a line of buyers waiting to get one, especially for $15,000 to $20,000. So I don't spend time restoring antique pianos. (I'd love to, but I need to make a living). The lack of rebuilt antique piano buyers along with a $15K to $18k investment to restore a piano only leaves $3,000 to $5,000 margin, which isn't that great of a return if the pianos did have a decent market.
The bottom line is used pianos are not rare, but used pianos in good to great condition are rare. Almost all need work to get them to perform musically, as age, neglect and deferred maintenance have accumulated over the years.
The value and price of the piano depends mostly upon its ability to perform musically - that's what the market will bear.
As for sentimental value, that is a completely different topic.....
I trust that you have enjoyed this holiday, and are enjoying the afterglow of a splendid day with family and friends. I hope you have has much to be thankful for as I have, and that you look forward to the coming holidays!
Thank you so much, for allowing me to be a part of the music in your home by allowing me to have the opportunity to service your piano. I'd like to say thank you with a small token as we approach Christmas.
Christmas is always a busy time of year for me - but it is a rush. I know many will wait until the last minute to have their piano serviced for their Christmas gatherings, and unfortunately, many wait too long and I simply can only do so many pianos in a day. I try to find other technicians who are available, but they too, seem to get pretty busy the closer to Christmas.
If you or someone you know plans to have their piano put into shape to sound great for Christmas, I encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible - and here's my token of thanks.
For those who use the code **Merry Christmas** when they schedule their piano tuning to take place between now and December 22nd, I will give them a **$10 discount** on their piano tuning services.
All one needs to do is type "Merry Christmas" in the Notes and Special Requests section when sheduling online, and you'll save $10 on the piano service appointment.
You can use this code yourself, or pass the code along to friends and family - it is a simply way to say thank you for allowing me the opportunity to take care of your piano needs.
Once again, Thank you - may you have a wonderful holiday season ahead!
Free State Pianoworks LLC
P.S. The discount code only lasts through December 22, 2017 - if you plan to have your piano ready for Christmas (and save $10) please, get on the schedule sooner than later!
Pianos are somewhat like a house - what if you found a 50 to 95 year old house with all its original parts; windows, doors, roof, siding, interior, exterior.
Sure, it's a good house, but it probably is going to need some work to get it ready to live in. Sometimes, it takes a little, sometimes, it is a lost cause, depending of the quality of the building, the way its weathered its climate, and the way it has been used/abused and cared for.
Same with pianos!
Most of us know we never do everything we are supposed with the house or the piano, primarily because life happens (thank goodness!).
So when you see that free piano or you are inheriting the family piano, before you spend money and resource to move it in and have a technician check it out, why don't you have a technician check it out first to see if what it needs and if it will work for you, then spend some money and resource to move it in your home. church or school!
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