MODERN VALUATION

This Modern Valuation calculator is designed for both Upright and Grand pianos made since 1970 but also provides results for Pianos manufactured as far back as 1950. Each calculation accesses unique valuation data from your Pianos specific Model, Age and condition criteria. Select from over 2000 different models currently sold worldwide and then tailor these results to match your piano’s age and condition. If you’re unable to find your specific Brand or Model, simply select your pianos Quality Rating, along with it’s Style and Size. Simply press calculate and our calculator will provide a clear Market Value Price range.

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QUALITY ASSESSMENT

The Quality of a piano is made up of several aspects including the Piano’s Design, Manufacturing Processes and the Materials used. These factors combined determine the quality of the piano’s Tone, Touch, Stability and Longevity for which the instrument is judged. Understanding and assessing the quality of individual pianos is extremely difficult which is why experts generally define quality by Brand Name Reputations and History. See below for clearer definitions…

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LOWER QUALITY

Lower Quality pianos are commonly made in places like China, South Africa, Korea, Indonesia or France however even some of the lesser known brands made in the UK, Europe, Canada and USA may also fit in this category. Due to the vast numbers of pianos produced by small to medium size manufacturers it’s difficult to generalize quality ratings based on where a piano was made or its popularity.

AVERAGE QUALITY

This is the Standard Quality Rating attributed to the majority of pianos made throughout the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan and most of Europe. Major manufacturers producing large quantities of pianos over many years are commonly considered of reasonable quality and therefore fit into the “Average” Quality Rating.

BETTER QUALITY

This Quality Rating are for pianos which are better quality than the average piano but not considered among the very best in the world. This level of piano is most commonly built by large manufacturers over a long period of time with a great reputation of craftsmanship.

HIGHEST QUALITY

The Highest Quality Ratings are reserved for the Brands regarded among industry experts as some of the best in the world. These piano brands are designed and manufactured to the highest standards with an emphasis on performance, tone and longevity. These pianos generate a large demand from concert halls and professional performers.

EXTERNAL CONDITION

(Body & Visual Appearance)

From a musician’s perspective, a piano’s sound and feel is of top priority, however many buyers actually judge with their eyes more than their ears. The external condition can not only impact on the pianos potential value but is often used as a reference to the internal condition as well. With that in mind, it seems that the older a piano becomes the more consideration that’s given to the internal condition and how it feels to play.

INTERNAL CONDITION

(Mechanical Workings & Structures)

The internal condition of a piano is really something best measured by a professional piano tuner. The slight variations of wear and deterioration are often difficult to discern unless the piano has some clear issues with the way it plays. For this reason the internal condition may easily be overlooked and therefore have very little impact on the pianos potential value. It is important to note however that mechanical problems (ie. keys that don’t work) or pianos that are poorly out of tune are generally  perceived as worth considerably less.

WORSE CONDITION

Pianos that have been poorly maintained or neglected over several years are generally in “worse” condition. If a piano has been exposed to significant moisture, heat or humidity, this may also affect the condition. Pianos in worse condition will usually require more than just a regular tuning service to bring them back to a “normal” playing condition for it’s age.

NORMAL CONDITION

This is the default condition for the majority of pianos regardless of it’s age. This presumes that the instrument has been reasonably well maintained throughout its life and only requires regular tuning or maintenance. Normal wear & tear is always assessed and considered relative to the piano’s age.

BETTER CONDITION

This condition is considered uncommon for the majority of pianos as it presumes the instrument has not only been extremely well maintained and regularly serviced, but also had very little use. The only other reason a piano may be assessed as being “better” would be when significant restorations or improvements have been made to the instrument.

Modern Piano Calculator

STEP 1. Select Your Pianos Brand

Choose from 75 Popular Piano Brands with Over 2000 Different Models Currently for sale. If your brand isn’t listed then you can simply select your Pianos Quality Rating.

STEP 2. Choose Your Piano Type

That’s as easy as “Upright, or Grand…?”.

STEP 3. Choose the Piano Model Most Similar to Yours

Some Piano Brands change their Model numbers every few years while others have remained unchanged for decades. Most importantly is selecting a model of similar size… which you can scroll through to find. If you’ve chosen a specific brand quality then the option provided is to select the pianos size.

STEP 4. Select Your Piano’s Age & Condition

Your Piano’s Year of Manufacture combined with it’s current condition ensures the valuation calculated is estimated accurately.

STEP 5. Choose your Local Currency & Press Calculate

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