BLUEBOOK OF PIANOS

SAME MANUFACTURER DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS


 


Grade 1

Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
73 Note
Two Pedals
No Key Cover
Photo Finish
38" Spinet
Three Pedals
Key Cover
Full 88 Note
Walnut Finish
38" Spinet
Three Solid Brass Pedals
Key Cover
88 Notes
Walnut Finish
Deluxe Spinet
Two Pedals
Key Cover
88 Notes
Oak Finish
41" Promotional Console
Three Pedals
Folding Key Cover
88 Notes
Walnut Finish
42" Console
Three Pedals
Boston Key Cover
88 Notes
Walnut Finish
43 " Console

Click on image for full size photo - Example: Compare Grade 1 against Grade 6 - see the difference.

The difference between  MODEL I through MODEL VI is between $800 and $3,000 for models shown. The difference in tone was subtle from model to  model, the difference in the touch is noticeable  between the BA$E and models IV, V and VI, the biggest difference  was in furniture styling and finish.

 An important consideration is the  amount of dealer preparation the  instrument is even placed on the showroom floor.  This can add as much as $300 to the price of the piano, worth the  cost and will add years of use to the instrument. 

The important difference between these pianos is the amount of time spent in assembling the various parts into the case and bringing individual instruments up to their final tone quality. Pianos manufactured in this traditional manner may take from nine months to a year to put on the finishing touches. New verticals will of this kind generally run about $3000 more depending on the style and finish.  

Every piano has a individual character of its own as well. This pedigree that sets it apart, even from instruments of the same make and style, is inevitable. No two trees ever grow exactly alike. Grains and densities differ between species and between individual trees of the same species. Plastics used in the keys differ in color by different batches. Wool, from which hammer and damper felts are made, vary in texture and length of fiber. Variations are present in all materials from which pianos are made.

 DEFINITION OF TERMS 

MAKE: - Designates the brand name on the fallboard (key cover)  or  plate of the piano.  Does not always identify manufacturer;  you  should request that information.

 SERIES  -  Designates a model number to identify  piano.  Some  manufacturers use the size in inches or meters of a  particular  series as a "model" number. 

 SIZE/TYPE:  - This column designates the height of a  vertical  piano and the length of a grand.

 BA$E PRICE  - Designates the "BA$E" price; the  lowest  retail  price in a series.  

 AVERAGE     -  Average U.S. selling price, Fair Market Value.

 RESIDUAL    -  Residual prices are  for recent used  models.  In   many  cases dealers still have  inventory  remaining  from recent years,  that  are either unsold  new  pianos  used  in teaching  studios, schools, college/university programs.  There are also  a pianos that are leased or rented for short  periods of time.

 The age of a particular instrument is not nearly as important as the condition, grade or construction.   

This information is intended for use in public libraries and educational institutions to inform the buying public of accurate prices and value.  The age of your piano is determined by the serial number.  You may look it up at Ages of Pianos.


"THE E BOOK" FOR USED PIANO PRICES"

 

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