This Calculator is a quick & easy tool that provides a general guide on your Pianos potential Value. This Valuation is specifically designed for (Older) Upright Pianos (made pre 1970). In general, pianos are valued based on a combination of factors including the pianos Size, Age, Quality and Condition.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
STEP 1. Select your Piano’s Brand
Select the drop down list and begin typing your brand or simply scroll through and select from over 8,000 different brands. Alternatively you can choose your pianos Brand Quality Rating.
STEP 2. Measure & Select Your Upright Piano Size
The measurement required here is your Piano’s Height from the ground up to the top most edge. This Valuation Calculator is for UPRIGHT PIANOS ONLY.
STEP 3. Choose Your Pianos Year of Manufacture & condition
The general condition of your instrument is considered relative to it’s age. The condition may relate to both the internal and external aspects which will impact the pianos visual appeal, playability and overall value. “Normal Condition” is the default setting for most pianos.
STEP 4. Select your local Currency and Press “Calculate”