Most people prefer a piano from a private party. They want to know where the instrument is located and the care it has received.  The appraised price is the figure it is really worth, it is an average of what pianos of this nature sell for.  Most of the time you are able to get close to that price, more or less, depending on the market conditions in the area you live. We provide this informative, easy-to-read Seller's Guide. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself before you attempt to sell your piano. Buying a piano is a big ticket purchase, and people will ask you plenty of questions about your piano so make sure you have all the facts.

  • Prepare general information, a general description of your piano.
  • Have your basic information available; such as the year, make, model, and selling price.
  • Prepare a list of the optional features your piano is equipped with.
  • Describe your piano as if it were a person, It has lived in a climate controlled room.
  • Have an idea of what you would like to say in the description area of your ad.
  • List the reason you are selling your piano.
  • Your description should reflect the best features of your instrument.
  • Use words such as "one owner, brand new, best offer, one of a kind" etc.
  • Use complete sentences in your description if possible.
  • Your home phone number or the phone number at which you would like potential buyers to contact you.
  • Include your reply email address in your ad so that buyers can contact you directly via email.
  • Include photos with your ad. Photos sell Pianos! The more photos the better.
  • They give the potential buyer a visual cue to inquire about your instrument.
  • A buyer won't buy what he can't see, and a seller can't sell what he can't show.

Tune your piano and make sure everything works reasonably well before you advertise it - this is a very simple detail that most people overlook. It is the sellers responsibility to have the piano in tune - it should have been tuned recently by a piano tuner and the seller can present a tuning certificate with notations of any repairs needed.

The receipt from the tuner is a form of a warranty accepted in any court as the representation of the condition of the instrument. The seller should and must have the piano tuned before the sale. If you are selling, a tuned piano will sell faster and for more than any piano not in tune. Piano owners who do this always sell their piano faster and at a higher price than those who don't, easily recovering their expenses of tuning minor repair several times over. Be prepared to answer questions from callers, like:

  • What brand is it?
  • What size is it?
  • How to Find Serial Number
  • How to Measure a Piano
  • What condition is it in?
  • How old is it?
  • When was it tuned last?
  • What work needs to be done on it, if any?

You may only sell one piano in your lifetime. This guide should answer your questions --- and without weighing you down with mind-numbing techno-babble. Read it apply it and get the best price for your piano. You have to learn the things you need to know about the piano you are selling. The Bluebook of Pianos free information resources will help you to find the age, type, history of your piano manufacturer, and an idea about the quality.


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