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Consign or Sell us Your Piano

Let us make you an offer to buy or consign your gently used quality piano – acoustic, upright,  grand, or digital.

Simplify  your life and let us do the work for you with a cash offer or consignment for your piano:

Eliminate the hassle of selling your piano yourself

Eliminate strangers coming in to your home

Eliminate the risk of being scammed on Craigslist or FaceBook Marketplace

Eliminate the risk of an inexperienced piano buyer getting injured or causing damage to your home while trying to move the piano out – this happens more often than you think and you don’t want to be in this situation.  Acoustic pianos weigh 450 to 900+ pounds!

We put pianos through a multi-point inspection and make the repairs and adjustments necessary to bring back the zest of life it was designed to have

We include a warranty, standard delivery, and for acoustic pianos an in-home tuning to the new owner

We offer financing, accept credit cards, and for some pianos offer a rent-to-purchase option

We can accept the new buyers old piano as a trade-in

We focus on a limited number of select high quality used acoustic pianos so your piano will be a star here, not get lost in the crowd

Let our trained and experienced staff who are pianists themselves sell your piano

In our opinion based on our experience of  buying and selling hundreds of pianos over the past 30 years we have found:
Types of acoustic pianos that resell well

  • Upright pianos:  45″, 48″, 52″
  • Grand pianos 5′, 6′, 7′
  • Yamaha U-Series upright such as U1, U3, etc.
  • Yamaha C-Series grands such as C2, C3, CX3, etc
  • Kawai Uprights such as K25, K300, K500
  • Kawai Grands such as RX and GX series
  • Any well made, high quality piano of a recognizable top brand name
  • Any of the above younger than 40 years

Types of acoustic pianos that DO NOT resell well

  • Upright pianos that are less than 45″ tall.  36″ spinets and 42″ consoles were built for low price rather than quality and therefore have become almost unsalable since decent digital pianos hit the market.
  • Upright and grand pianos of not so popular brands gone by such as Kimball, Wurlitzer,  etc.
  • Aging pianos, especially ones that weren’t that great when they were new anyway.  It’s not a fixed scale but to put a couple of extremes:  A 40 year old well built Yamaha U1 that was well maintained could easily last another 40 years without issue, whereas a 40 year old Young Chang upright that wasn’t made so great to begin with has probably already reached the end of its serviceable life.
  • A piano that can only be described as “beautiful” or “antique” or “needs some work.”  These pianos are exactly what those words might say, but they are not an instrument that a musician, pianist, or student can make use of.
  • No piano older than 60 years unless it has been fully rebuilt (rebuilding runs about $15000 to $30000 for any upright or grand piano)
Types of digital pianos that resell well

  • 88 fully weighted hammer action digital pianos
  • Brands such as Roland
  • Any well made, high quality digital piano of a recognizable top brand name
  • The newer the better

Types of digital pianos that DO NOT resell well

  • Less than 88 notes
  • Non-weighted or lightly weighted key action
  • Off brands
  • Ones that need too much repair
  • Older than 15 years

Call us now at 512-458-1933 and we can talk you through the best resale options.

FAQ’s

What’s the difference between a cash offer vs consign? Cash offers are ideal for quick cash.  You take a little less but get your money immediately.  Consignments typically allow you to get more money once we are able to sell your piano.  There are some pianos that we may not be able to determine a fair price so those are ideal for consignment so that we can get you the fairest price.  We only take pianos on consignment that we are 100% confident we can sell.

Is there a “Blue Book” for pianos?  No.  There is no database from which to pull sales data to see what pianos ACTUALLY sell for in the marketplace.  In the car business every person who buys a car whether from a dealership or from a private party is required by law to register the sale AND to pay the sales tax AND to get license plates and are required to report what was paid for the car.  This allows databases to easily compile real-time actual sales data for the wholesale, retail, and private party value for a car.  Unfortunately, there is no law requiring anyone to report the sale of a used piano so there is no way to compile such data.  Any website claiming to be a “blue book” is not factual.

Why do I see pianos like mine listed on eBay, etc. for more than I seem to be getting offered?  No one really buys a piano that they cannot see, play, or touch, and it costs more than a thousand dollars to move a piano more than a few hundred miles away.  In our experience, those are pie-in-the-sky listings, and eventually get sold for far less in a local market.

Why does the value of my piano seem to vary from dealer to dealer?  There are lots of factors, and used pianos are always a negotiable item.  Each piano dealer will have their own strengths and weaknesses.  Some pianos or brands sell well in one store but not in another.   One dealer may have too many used pianos in stock while another may need more.   To use a car analogy, a Ford dealer might give you a bit more for your Chevy than the Chevy dealer so that he has a bigger variety for his customers, or even use it to sell their preferred brand. 

Where can we donate our piano?  A very worthy cause is a program called “Kids in a New Groove” http://kidsinanewgroove.org/ that provides kids in foster care with donated instruments and lessons to go along with it.  Schools and churches could certainly benefit when you donate your high-quality valuable piano that may be no more than a couple of years old.  They do need a high-quality instrument for students, functions, etc.  They don’t need a piano that is listed in the “do not resell well” column, or one that needs a lot of repair, can’t stay in tune, etc, and they often don’t have the budget to get them moved or keep them tuned.  Please tread lightly as to not donate a burden to them.

How come our piano is not worth anything?  Please don’t take it personally, we have to consider the reality of the market conditions.

What do we do with our old piano that no one seems to want?  This is a call we hate to get, but one we get almost every day.  Please don’t be insulted or offended by this but 1-800-Got-Junk as well as local piano movers dispose of hundreds of pianos each year in our market.  Many older pianos are a hot potato and this is a way to finally put an end to the burden of endless expense.  Tuning costs hundreds of dollars, if it can be tuned at all.  Repairing can run in the hundreds and many times in the thousands, and moving can run in the hundreds.  And if you have stairs or steps, be prepared for a pretty hefty moving fee from a bonded and insured piano mover.   CLICK for an interesting article.

What does it cost to refurbish a piano?  Refurbishing a piano is a process that involves going through the insides and adjusting, repairing, and/or replacing any worn-out parts.  There are 8,000 parts in the moving key action alone.    Refurbishing is also physically making the piano look as new as it can both inside and outside.  Refurbishing can add another 25 to 50 years to the life of a piano.  Refurbishing can run anywhere from $500 to $2500 depending on how much has to be done.

What does it cost to rebuild a piano?  Rebuilding a piano is a process that involves replacing the strings, new tuning pins, new pin block, new hammers, new action parts, refinishing or replacing the soundboard, refinishing the external finish, etc.  Not every piano rebuilder has the same standards as another, nor do they rebuild every piano the same way.  Rebuilding can add another 30 to 60 years to the life of a piano.   A partial rebuild can run $7500 to $15,000, whereas a full rebuild can easily run $15,000 to $30,000.  It also typically takes 9 to 12 months for a piano to be rebuilt and it is always done in the rebuilders shop.  There are only a handful of piano rebuilders in the U.S. This is why unless you have an extremely desirable and valuable piano, or want to preserve an heirloom for sentimental reasons, rebuilding is not worth it for most aging pianos.

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6101 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Mon-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-5

Call: 512-458-1933 or Email us

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