Finding The Value Of Your Used Piano

Finding The Value Of Your Used Piano

Moving to a new home? Downsizing from the big suburban home to a smaller home in the city? If one of the tasks on your to do list is to find the value of your used piano and potentially sell it, you may want to rethink putting an ad up on Craigslist and jumping at the first opportunity you find.Finding The Value Of Your Used Piano

There is a lot to determining value – its not as simple as looking at the make and model and assigning a number based on that. If you haven’t looked at pianos in a while, you may be shocked at what the current market could bring. But before you randomly select a number to move forward, keep a few things in mind.

  • First, sit down and record the history the piano has with you. When did you purchase it? Where has the piano existed all these years? Has been kept in the same place or moved periodically? How many times has it been tuned? The more information you can gather, the more helpful it will be in determining a final price.
  • Before you can start looking for dollar signs, you have to determine the condition of your piano. You can do this by inspecting both the inside and the outside of your piano. When inspecting the interior, look for cracks on the soundboard, hammer felt that is loose, worn-down or rusty strings, and grooves in the wood surrounding the strings.
  • When inspecting the exterior, look at its overall appearance, such as if the finish is scratched or damaged in any way. Pay attention to how each key sounds, and make sure the pedals do not stick when you press them or show signs of rust. Also, make sure the piano’s legs are strong and sturdy without any signs of damage.
  • After you have determined the overall condition of your piano, you need to determine the date of manufacture, the manufacturer’s name, and the serial number. The manufacturer’s name is usually found on the front of the keyboard or the soundboard. The serial number is found on a metal plate near the keys of the piano or the pin block. You may need the assistance of a professional to remove certain components of the piano to access the metal plate. Once you have this information, you can use it to determine the date of manufacture.
  • Now that you have all of the necessary information, you can start looking for the value. The best place to look is The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano, which is updated every year or every other year. Think of it as a blue book for pianos.
  • Finally talk with a reputable piano dealer before you put your ad in the classifieds. With a little bit of upkeep and care, your piano may become even more valuable. A piano dealer will take all into consideration and give you a fair value for what the piano is truly worth. He may even be able to help point you in the right direction for finding a buyer for it as well.
  • And if you’re considering a trade in, the perfect place to go is to your piano center. Just because you’re changing space size doesn’t mean you still can’t have music in your life. Maybe its time to move from a baby grand to an upright – giving you more room throughout your new home.

Whatever your needs, whatever your questions, give us a call today.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Piano Moving Myths and Facts

Piano Moving Myths and Facts

Myth: Anyone can move a piano

Fact: Piano moving is a specialty in itself. The average upright piano can weigh anywhere between 400 to 900 pounds. Grand pianos start at Piano Moving Myths and Factsaround 600 pounds and can go up to 1300 pounds and beyond. The value of a piano can range from several hundred dollars all the way up to a million or more, depending on make, model, age and condition. Add in the bulk, shape and size a piano has, and its easy to see why a piano has very unique situations when it comes to moving. Household movers understand how to move furniture and appliances in and out of your house. But adding in the unique nuances a piano gives adds a whole new dimension to the common every day move. If you trust anyone outside of a professional piano mover, you have to ask yourself first “Am I willing to take a risk?” Not only is it risky to the mover – injuries can be substantial – its also risky for the piano, especially if its antique or has sentimental value.

Myth: Moving a piano just needs more people

Fact: While brute force works in some cases, piano moving isn’t one of them. Imagine 8 people trying to move a piano by manhandling it. They pull and shove, rock and flip it, push and jerk it around until they move it from your room to the truck. Then repeat to get it back from truck to house. Piano movers believe in leverage, and with a series of special techniques can move a piano in what might appear to be effortlessly. People always exclaim after witnessing piano moving “I’ll never attempt it on my own again.”

Myth: A professional piano mover won’t damage the piano

Fact: Yep, we’re all human. Just because you hire a professional doesn’t mean the chance for injury or damage still isn’t there. Its simply decreased tenfold because of the knowledge and experience. A professional will assess the situation and will offer you options if there is a risk. And though they will do everything in their power to make sure your piano makes it safely from one place to the either, understand that at times, things happen.

Myth: To find the best piano mover, simply call the first one you find

Fact: Just like in every other industry, not all businesses are created equal. Some piano movers will take shortcuts and do things in a less than professional manner. While some piano companies that have been around for years will offer you the best customer service and attention to detail as possible. Call around. You’ll quickly be able to tell who you should trust.

Myth: Moving a piano takes very little time

Fact: If you need your piano moved on a specific day or for a specific event, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make the move a reality. In most cases a piano mover can be scheduled for your move with a day or two’s notice. But the more specific your arrangements are, the more lead time you may lead. As soon as you know a move is in your future, start the process so you can ensure you get the true professional you need to ensure the safety and security of your piano.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Why Should I Hire A Piano Mover?

Why Should I Hire A Piano Mover?

Why do I need a piano mover?

When its time to move from one home to another, it seems just as easy to hire a moving company to move everything at one time. Should you really hire someone specifically for moving your piano? Yes. Piano moving is a specialty in itself. The Why Should I Hire A Piano Moveraverage vertical piano can weigh anywhere from 400 to 900 pounds. A grand piano can start at 650 pounds and go to 1300 pounds and more, depending on the size. Pianos also vary in value, depending on the make, model, age and condition of the piano. A regular mover is all about speed. They work hard to move all of your furniture in a timely manner. Therefore a coach or entertainment center would be treated the same as your piano. Yet pianos are completely different objects and need care to make sure they or the person moving them aren’t injured. There is a right and wrong way to move a piano.

How are professional piano movers different from a standard furniture mover?

If you hire a furniture mover to move your piano, they will usually do so with brute force. They will manhandle the piano using 4, 6, 8 people or more to move it from its location into the truck. There they may or may not secure it in the truck. And of course the 4 to 8 people will manhandle it back into its new location.

A professional piano mover typically uses 2 or 3 people to move the piano and uses piano skids, moving pads, ramps, slings and of course the knowledge of how to move the piano effectively. They know the “secrets” to getting it from point a to point b in as safe a way as possible both for the instrument and for the people moving it.

Are all piano movers equal?

Are all moving companies created equal? The answer is obviously no. And likewise, the answer is no when it comes to all piano movers created equal. Like any profession, piano movers have different levels of experience. Some are better equipped than others. And some simply care more than others. The best way to choose is to interview a potential piano moving company to find out about their experience and knowledge in the area.

Are all piano movers insured?

While it seems like a logical quality that all piano movers would have, unfortunately its not always true. A reputable piano mover will always be insured. Others – well, not always. When finding a piano mover, make sure you understand and ask these three questions:

1.Is the company insured against damage to the property or vehicles?

2. Is the company insured against damage to the piano?

3. Is the company insuring its workers against injury?

Never assume any of the three, or you could end up with problems throughout the process.

What should I know about the cost?

Piano moving is usually billed as a flat rate depending on the type of piano, the distance its being moved, the difficulty of the job (stairs, tight turns, etc), the number of people required for the move, and the waiting time for the entire job.

Before you book a piano move, have all of your facts together. Know when the move will take place, how quickly you can move from one location to another, and how prepared you will be for pickup and delivery. The more you know up front, the easier the entire job will be.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172