Sell Your Instrument
Sell Your Instrument

"The key is finding that match between buyer and seller."

 

Selling & Marketing your instrument

Our experience shows that the single most important factor in selling your antique instrument is marketing. If you have an instrument for sale, there is likely someone in the market somewhere to buy it. The key is finding that match between buyer and seller.

The biggest problem that most people seem to face is not having enough knowledge about their instrument to market it effectively and price it accurately. There is a great deal of criteria one has to consider when determining the value of an antique instrument such as age, brand name, condition, etc., and an evaluation by a professional is usually necessary.

A good way to get a general sense of what your instrument is worth in its current condition is by comparing it to the instruments shown here in the value carousel below:


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Upright Piano
Circa 1860 - 1880
Today's Value

$400 - $800 in poor condition
$1,000 - $4,000 in average to good condition
$13,000 - $20,000 totally restored to factory new condition

Upright Piano
Circa 1880 - 1900
Today's Value

$200 - $600 in poor condition
$800 - $3,000 in average to good condition
$12,000 - $16,000 totally restored to factory new condition

Upright Piano
Circa 1900 - 1915
Today's Value

$100 - $400 in poor condition
$600 - $2,500 in average to good condition
$10,000 - $14,000 totally restored to factory-new condition

Upright Piano
Circa 1915 - 1930
Today's Value

$100 - $300 in poor condition
$500 - $2,000 in average to good condition
$9,000 - $13,000 totally restored to factory new condition

Player Piano
Circa 1905 - 1930
Today's Value

$500 - $1,000 in poor condition
$2,000 - $3,000 in good, non-functional condition
$3,500 - $6,500 in functional condition
$15,000 - $20,000 in restored, like new condition

Grand Piano
Circa 1860 - 1880
Today's Value

$1,500 - $3,500 in poor condition
$4,000 - $8,000 in average to good original condition
$25,000 - $65,000 totally restored to like-new condition

Grand Piano
Circa 1880 - 1900
Today's Value

$1,000 - $3,000 in poor condition
$3,500 - $6,500 in average to good original condition
$20,000 - $50,000 totally restored to like-new condition

Grand Piano
Circa 1900 - 1915
Today's Value

$500 - $1,500 in poor condition
$2,500 - $5,500 in average to good condition
$15,000 - $30,000 totally restored to factory new condition

Grand & Baby Grand Pianos
Circa 1915 - 1935
Today's Value

$500 - $1,000 in poor condition
$1,500 - $5,000 in average to good original condition
$13,000 - $20,000 totally restored to like-new condition

Square Grand Piano
Circa 1840 - 1890
Today's Value

$1,000 - $2,500 in poor condition
$3,500 - $6,500 in average to good condition
$25,000 - $50,000 totally restored to factory new condition

Victorian Pump Organ
Circa 1865 - 1915
Today's Value

$1,000 - $1,500 in poor condition
$2,500 - $4,500 in average to good condition,
$6,500 - $10,000 totally restored to factory new condition

Melodeon
Circa 1840 - 1875
Today's Value

$800 - $1,500 in poor condition
$2,000 - $4,000 in average to good condition
$6,500 - $8,500 totally restored to factory new condition

Spinet Piano
Circa 1935 - 1965
Today's Value

Pianos built after about 1935 are generally newer than the instruments we specialize in. We suggest you contact your local piano tuner for value information about them.

 

Where can i list my antique piano instrument for sale?

The most common way people sell their piano or organ is through traditional online methods like eBay or Craig's List. Unfortunately, most buyers on eBay or Craig's List are looking to find "something for nothing", and most sellers end up selling their instruments for next to nothing on these websites out of frustration.

If you are looking for a way to sell your instrument quickly and cheaply, eBay or Craig's List are probably your best options. If your desire is to become an educated seller and get the most value you can from your instrument, then you might consider alternative methods such as consignment placement in upscale antique stores or boutiques, consignment with a piano dealer, or advertising your instrument on more specialized antiques-related websites that cater to an upscale buyer.

 

Can i list my antique instrument for sale on this website?

Our primary business is restoring pianos and organs for clients all over the country and selling instruments that we have restored from our own inventory.

We no longer offer general classified advertising space on our website for third party instruments. We only list third party instruments on our website for sale when they have been sent to us to be restored for the purpose of being sold for top dollar.

 

Should i restore my antique instrument before i attempt to sell it?

Nearly all of our clients send their instruments to us to be restored so that they can be kept in the family and passed down to future generations.

However, we do have a handful of clients who choose to send their pianos and organs to us to be restored so that they can be sold for top dollar through our website. Since a fully restored instrument commands a premium sale price, sellers can generally make a much greater profit after investing in having an instrument restored.

 

The way this service works:

A customer sends their piano for restoration and pays their initial deposit up front. (We generally charge a 50% deposit up front for restoration services, with the balance being due on completion of the restoration project).

We market the piano on our website for sale while the piano is undergoing restoration, which could take up to a year to complete.

When a buyer is found, the restoration balance can be paid from the sale proceeds. If a buyer is not found, the customer is responsible for the restoration balance. Although finding a buyer is likely, we cannot guarantee that a buyer will be found for every instrument.


RESTORE YOUR INSTRUMENT

For information about having your antique instrument restored, please visit the RESTORATION SERVICES page on our website at this link: http://www.antiquepianoshop.com/restoration-services/

SELL YOUR PIANO OR ORGAN

If you have an antique instrument you would like to sell "AS IS" without restoration, please submit the requested information below and we will be glad to review it.

Please note that it is impossible for our limited staff to answer each SELL YOUR PIANO request personally. If we are not interested in purchasing your instrument, we will keep your information and photos on file and pass them along to our network of potential buyers, dealers and collectors.


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