What is the best way to sell a used piano?
What is the best way to sell a used piano?
One of the most popular ways to sell a piano is to use an online marketplace. The most popular places to sell a piano online are eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. A simple search on any of these platforms yields tons of pianos of all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. To determine if your piano can be sold, there are some basic things to ponder: overall appearance, brand, and age/condition. Overall Appearance: People who buy decent-quality pianos of higher value usually have well-decorated environments for them to be placed. Pianos are so large, that to dispose of them you have to get specialist movers to take them away (for a price). This is the reason you see Upright and Grand pianos so cheap on eBay. The seller can sell the piano for next to nothing, just so they don’t have to spend any money on the removal companies. 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. Very few people give away pianos that are worth even a small amount of money. Instead, most want to avoid paying the disposal cost (~$200) for a musically useless piano, or one that needs extensive repair. In truth, some may think they’re doing you a favor, but they’re not. You can easily buy and sell all kinds of musical instruments in a pawn shop, including guitars, drums, flutes, violins, even pianos.
Are pianos hard to sell?
Having been on both sides of the equation, I can share with you that selling a piano is not as easy as it seems. However, with a plan of action in place, you can make the process much easier. Pianos are valuable instruments, so the approach to selling them needs to be well thought out. There are plenty of buyers looking to save a bit of money on the resale market, yet used pianos can be difficult to sell. Pianos are difficult to move from one place to another, making it challenging to arrange a sale. However, often a giveaway piano is given away because it hasn’t been played in years or the owner knows that it is need of some repairs and is not interested in putting any money into it. If the piano is older than 40 years old, generally, take a pass on that piano. The exception to this is owner care. If the owner had the piano service annually, then a 40 year old piano is much better than a 25 year old piano that hasn’t been serviced even once. There are multiple factors when considering a piano.
What to do with an old piano no one wants?
You may want to go to the local classified boards, or classified ad sites such as craigslist or Gumtree. More often than not, someone will be willing to take your piano off your hands for you. Offer it to them as sold as seen with local pickup only. First come, first serve. The price of Piano products is between ₹5,150 – ₹64,195 per Piece during Dec ’21 – Nov ’22. These are indicative values based on popular product prices. It’s part of the cost of ownership. 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. There are many different organisations and individuals that will willingly accept a variety of musical instruments, including pianos, for donation. The most likely organisations are local school music departments, youth clubs, nursing homes, charities and churches (which often run music groups).
How much do pianos sell for?
An upright piano costs between $3000 – $6500 on average. High-end upright pianos average around $10,000 – $25,000. Entry level grand pianos costs between $7000 – 30,000. High-end grand pianos such as Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Yamaha can cost between $65,000 – $190,000. The short answer is yes, a grand piano is worth it. Grand pianos offer a much more refined playing experience than upright pianos or digital keyboards. A piano’s value comes almost solely from its function as a musical instrument. (The exception usually being very ornate art case pianos.) A one-hundred-year-old upright’s musical and mechanical value is quite low, especially when compared to the fine golden age grand pianos produced around the same period. 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. As you can see, after the first couple of years, pianos will depreciate by about 5% per year. DIY piano moving can damage your piano, duh! The average piano weighs between 500 and 1,000 pounds. That, along with its bulky shape, make it very difficult to move safely. On average, you will need 6 people or special equipment, to get it from your home to the truck without dropping it. With proper care, a piano will depreciate only slightly; in some cases, notable brands have even appreciated over time. Acoustic pianos from quality brands (think Yamaha, Steinway & Sons, Bechstein, and Bösendorfer, among others) hold their value best.
Is there a market for old pianos?
Since the Recession, used pianos at all price levels have plummeted in value. Used pianos for sale far outnumber shoppers to buy them, making it a buyer’s market. Can a piano be tuned after 20 years? Yes, any piano can be tuned after years of no use, as long as it is working condition. Age- Piano age is different from car age. A car becomes an antique when it’s 25 years old. However, most 50-year-old pianos are considered modern. In order for a piano to be considered antique, it needs to be closer to 100 years old, and age alone does not make it valuable. The added social and schoolwork pressures often push piano lessons out. Students also compare themselves more heavily to others who may play piano and feel embarrassed or not good enough. This is a shame because this is the point when they’re usually capable of the most.
Do people buy used pianos?
Since the Recession, used pianos at all price levels have plummeted in value. Used pianos for sale far outnumber shoppers to buy them, making it a buyer’s market. Pianos do not improve with age and use. Pianos that are 10 – 20 years old and well maintained are generally in very good condition. Pianos that are 30 – 50 usually require many repairs and adjustments to the existing parts. It happens. 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. The average mass produced piano lasts 30 years. Hand-crafted pianos last substantially longer, often exceeding 50 years. Over time, the piano will need regular tuning, regulation, rebuilding, and other maintenance. A well-maintained piano can last in excess of 100 years.