We may be interested in buying or consigning your used piano or organ if it meets the following criteria. We get many calls every day asking us to buy old instruments.
Before you call asking to Sell or Consign your Piano or Organ, please read the following:
1. GENERAL CONDITION: “It looks like new” has NOTHING to do with the value of your piano. Every person who has ever called us starts with, “It looks like new”. The outside appearance has less to do with the value of your piano than does the condition of the action and pin block. Additionally, since styles change, if the piano actually does “look like new”, a 30 year old piano is going to look like something that was new 30 years ago – not like instruments that sell new today. (ie: a 30 year old car might “look like new” but it would not look like a new car today – big difference in “like new”.)
2. AGE: Vertical piano should be less than 30 years old. Grand pianos should be less than 40 years old. It has been our experience that pianos older than this often cost more to repair than what they can be sold for. If you do not know the age of your piano call us with the brand and serial number and we can probably tell you.
3. TUNING HISTORY: Even if not played, a piano requires regular tuning and maintenance, – preferably annually. Not having played the piano in years does NOT make it more valuable, likely just the opposite, since not playing often translates to not maintained. After years of no tuning or maintenance, the cost to bring the piano back into shape can cost more than the pianos value.
4. NO SPINET PIANOS: Spinet pianos are 36” to 38” tall (from the floor to the top of the closed piano lid). Key size, extra moving parts and difficulty of maintenance are a few of the many reasons that prevent us from considering spinet pianos, which are no longer made for the reasons stated herein.
5. BRANDS: We prefer Yamaha or other Japanese built pianos as it has been our experience these instruments tend to perform better over time. We will consider other brands of pianos depending on the instruments reputation, maintenance and tuning history in relation to the other criteria herein.
6. Sorry, We can not tell you over the phone how much your piano is worth. Every one asks, but without a physical inspection from a competent technician there is no way to know. We do not offer in home inspections but may be able to suggest technicians if you want an appraisal. Please know that technicians charge a fee to come to your home. We can not speak for people we do not employ, so you would need to talk to your technician about their his or her fee.
Currently it appears most charge between $75 and $150 for this service.
1. ORGANS: We do not sell used organs other than Allen Church Organs built after 1990 or Lowrey Home Organs built after 1995. Since all other home organ companies we know of are either out of business or no longer sold in the U.S., we can’t get parts for those other older organs and thus they have no value to us, nor do I expect to anyone else.
2. Sorry, We can not tell you how much your old organ is worth. We can not repair older organs from companies that are out of business, nor do we know anyone who does since we do not know how to find parts for those older models. We throw most of these older organs in the trash and usually suggest our customers do the same.
* For your reference here are pictures of Grand, Vertical and Spinet pianos.