There are many reasons why someone would like to get rid of a piano.
The most obvious reason is of course that no one in the household plays the piano any longer. Perhaps it was used by children who have now left home. Maybe a house move to a smaller place now means that there is no longer space for a piano. Or maybe your piano has gone past its best and no longer works as it should.
So, what should you do?
There are quite a few options available to you.
Call your local piano dealer
This route is relatively quick, the piano movers will collect the piano and you may well get a few pounds for your piano.
A piano dealer will incur costs of transportation, technician fees as well as needing to earn a living so can only afford to pay a minimum amount.
Send your piano to the local auctions
This could be quite fun. Your piano could reach the desired price and may even exceed what was expected.
The downside is that there are costs of moving the piano to the auction house and fees to the auctioneers. Your piano may not sell.
Sell your piano privately
This is the most lucrative route. The contract would be just between you and the buyer, so you would hold on to money achieved in the sale.
The main problem here is that it involves a bit of time and effort. Advertising in a local newspaper, Classical music magazine and ebay can work well. My particular favourite is the Gumtree website. It is quite a lively web page for selling older pianos.
If the piano is reaching the end of its life a piano restorer or technician may be interested in bringing it back to life. Restorers and tuners can be found at the Pianoforte Tuner’s Association.
It may well be that your piano is beyond repair and for a small fee a piano mover will take your piano away to be recycled.
Still not sure what to do?
After considering the above options, there may well be other routes not discussed here, you may well want your piano valued and we would be happy to advise you on that. A technician is also a good person to offer a valuation on your piano.
If you would like to sell your piano to Pianolobby, we may be interested if we have space for more stock. We always try our best to offer the best price we can.
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