Have you got an old piano that’s ready for the junk removal company? Many Toronto residents face a difficult decision in getting rid of their old pianos. Pianos often retain their value if they are in the right condition.
But what makes a piano retain its value over time? Knowing what to look for will help you make the decision of whether or not to throw out your old piano. The following considerations will help you decide if your old piano is junk or not junk.
What Makes a Piano Valuable?
A piano’s value consists of a number of different factors. Not only does its brand dictate an old piano’s worth, but its condition, frequency of maintenance and upkeep, and sound are important elements.
But the piano’s condition will be the first thing a potential buyer sees. Any physical damage on the exterior indicates a higher likelihood that some internal damage may exist. This will lower the perceived value immediately.
The wood of pianos can become damaged by sunlight, resulting in warping. This can affect the interior and overall performance of the instrument.
Diagnosing Your Piano for Junk
Even if you don’t know much about pianos, there are a few tips to keep in mind before you decide whether to throw it out or put it up for sale on eBay.
The pedals are often overlooked, despite being an important piece of a valuable piano. Check to make sure that the pedals still work. Any corrosion or damage should also be noted.
Next, inspect the keys of the piano to make sure they work and are in tune. Although pianos can be tuned when needed, often a single off key that sounds distinct from the rest can be a sign of deeper issues.
The physical condition of the keys is another indicator of value in your piano. The keys should not be damaged or discolored. They should all be in alignment with each other to indicate that the piano is in working condition.
Value of the Piano
Whether your piano is junk or not can be hard to establish for pianos that appear to be in working order. Its age can be another way for you to determine its value.
A piano that is 8 years old, and in very good condition can be estimated at approximately 50% of its retail price, while newer versions will be worth more. Older pianos will likely have more wear and therefore need to be inspected more closely as mentioned above.
Ultimately, a piano that is too worn for repair or maintenance should be giving to your local junk removal service. It can be donated or recycled. On the other hand, it could end up in the hands of someone willing to put the time and effort into refurbishing the piano, giving it a new lease on life.Written July 27, 2014 by