AUTOMOBILE to PIANO CONVERSION CHART
Compliments of the "Original" Bluebook of Pianos


The listed selling price ranges are generic averages and may not accurately represent each particular dealer pricing. 

More piano names are added every year and others become discontinued, making current listing incomplete. 

Certain pianos (NY Steinway, Baldwin…) are more difficult to rate due to great inconsistency in production quality.  These and others pianos can often leave the factory in poor condition, requiring much skilled work to make them into their intended ideal. 

All pianos leave their factories at a certain % of their true potential; that level of completion which is deemed acceptable within set budgetary parameters. For some pianos, (higher quality) they may reach into the mid 90% of their inherent potential while others, can leave the factory at no more than 50% of their actual potential.  One needs keep this in mind while purchasing; understanding that those pianos you see and hear are likely still only faint images of what skilled technical work can make them. 

This list only deals with grand pianos, but it can be generally assumed that the upright pianos made from same manufacturer will be of comparable quality.

These are my personal rankings and stem from my professional experience in both playing and working on a great variety of pianos.

By Joel Weber, Independent Registered Piano Technician


NEW GRAND PIANO RATING SCALE
2007 - 2008

Piano Brand Name Equivalent Quality Car Price Range
     

1st Class:

   
     

Bosendorfer

Steingraeber & Sons

Fazioli

Rolls-Royce

Ferrari

Lamborghini

98,000 to 180,000

80,000 to 178,000

93,000 to 208,000

     
2nd Class:    
     

Steinway (Hamburg)

Grotrian

Sauter

Bechstein

Pleyel

Bluthner

Porsche

Porsche

BMW 740

BMW 540

Mercedes

Mercedes

53,000 to 123,000

50,000 to 100,000

56,000 to 130,000

97,000 to 185,000

50,000 to 70,000

70,000 to 128,000

     
3rd Class
     

Feurich

August Forster

Seiler

Schimmel

Steinway (NY)

Mason & Hamlin

Charles Walter

Ibach

Shigeru (Kawai)

Yamaha S

Audi A8

Audi A8

Audi A6

Audi A6

Cadillac

Crown Victoria          

Buick  Road-Master

Saab

Lexus

Acura

66,000 to 106,000

53,000 to 118,000

53,000 to 180,000

42,000 to 141,000

42,000 to 116,000

60,000 to 92,000

35,000 to 40,000

54,000 to 115,000

35,000 to 83,000

56,000 to 115,000

     
4th Class
     

Broadwood

Vogel

Haessler

Steinberg

Estonia

Petrof

Hoffman

Schulz-Pollman

Weinbach

Baldwin

Oldsmobile Aurora

VW Passat

VW Passat

VW Passat

VW Jetta

VW Jetta

VW Cabrio

VW Cabrio

VW Cabrio

Chevy S-10

25,000 to 32,000

25,000 to 32,000

53,000 to 69,000

40,000 to 55,000

27,000 to 80,000

22,000 to 69,000

20,000 to 48,000

34,000 to 48,000

21,000 to 28,000

41,000 to 123,000

     
5th Class
     

Kemble

Yamaha C

Irmler

Bohemia

Kawai RX

Samick World/Knabe

Young Chang (Pramberger

Yamaha GC)

Kawai GM,GE

Boston

Young Chang C

Weber

Nissan Altima

Toyota Avalon

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Honda Prelude

Toyota Tercel

Nissan  Sentra

Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

25,000 to 25,000

20,000 to 45,000

27,000 to 45,000

20,000 to 50,000

20,000 to 43,000

16,000 to 28,000

19,000 to 43,000

16,000 to 18,000

10,000 to 17,000

17,000 to 39,000

11,000 to 15,000

  8,000 to 41,000

     
6th Class
     

Yamaha GP1,GH1,GA1

Samick–(Sohmer)

Wurlitzer-Chickering

Samick–Indonesian

Ritmueller

Pearl River

Nordiska

Essex–Everett

Perzina

Henry F. Miller–Wyman

Bergmann

Saturn

Saturn

Geo

Geo

Hyundai

Hyundai

Hyundai

Hyundai

Hyundai

Hyundai

Hyundai

10,000 to 10,000

17,000 to 32,000

 9,000 to 13,000

 8,000 to 12,000

 8,000 to 65,000

 8,000 to 54,000

 8,000 to 52,000

 8,000 to 20,000

16,000 to 19,000

 8,000 to 15,000

 9,000 to 12,000

7th Class    
Chinese

Weber

Hyundai

Becker

Breitman

Chase

Hobart Cable

Story & Clark

Kohler & Campbell

Hayden

Hallet & Davis

Hazelton

Heintzman

Steck

Carl Ebel

Steinlager

Conover Cable

 

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

Chevy Nova 1961 Model

 

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

 6,000 to 18,000

THIS CHART AND INFORMATION WAS CREATED AND PROVIDED  BY

 Joel Weber (Piano Technician) – Mnitou@Msn.com

USED WITH PERMISSION - WITH OUR APPRECIATION

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