The Piano Blog

What Is Your Piano Worth?

Do you know the fair market value of your piano? You can find out a lot about the worth of your piano when you have it appraised. However, the appraised value of your piano is not definitive; it is based on the opinion of your appraiser. Some of the factors that piano appraisers use in their reports are market value, comparable sales of similar pianos, and the age of the instrument. Some of the most common reasons for getting an appraisal are for sales and to make insurance claims. In a report done by a professional piano appraiser, the following components of the piano are evaluated:

  • Hardware – Includes Cabinet and Finish
  • Keyboard – Hammers, Repetitions, Keyframe, Keybed
  • Soundboard
  • Strings
  • Pinblock
  • Dampers – Damper System
  • Structural Integrity
  • Serviceability

Appraisers of used pianos usually base their reports on several different factors to determine the fair market value: comparable sales, depreciation, and “idealized value” without the cost of restoration.  The idealized value is considered in used pianos and those that are not in good condition. It is the difference between the cost of a rebuilt piano and the cost to restore the un-rebuilt one to like-new condition.

Learn about professional services for restoring pianos in Richmond, VA, by Taylor Piano Restorations. We sell used and remanufactured pianos that include a number of different brands. Contact us for more information.

Tips for Designing a Perfect Piano Room

 

 

Whether you don’t wish to bother the neighbors, or you don’t want to disturb other family members, sometimes you need to keep the noise from your piano to a minimum. Here are some tips for designing the perfect music room.

Choosing a Location

If you have the luxury of choosing from a few possible locations for your music room, it’s important to consider the surrounding rooms. You want your music room to be as far away from bedrooms and other quiet spaces like the office as possible. If your neighbors share a wall with you or live close by, it is also good to consider that as well.

Create Barriers

You’ve probably noticed that noises sound louder in empty rooms. A great way to muffle the sound of your piano is to create sound barriers. A thick carpet beneath the piano can do a lot to lessen the sound.

Soundproofing

If you still have trouble muffling the sound of the piano, or you find the even the quieter sound is disturbing family members and neighbors, you can install soundproofing panels. These are available in a number of colors and styles.

Need Help Moving Your Piano?

Do you need help moving your piano into your new home or new music room? Call our piano movers in Richmond, VA today at (804) 276-4347.

How to Know When Your Piano Needs Restringing

Piano strings can last as long as the instrument itself depending on a number of factors. If the piano is kept in the right environment, has a set of high-quality strings, and has not been played more than several hours a week, the strings may last for decades. On the other hand, if the piano has had heavy use, or exposure to excessive dust and moisture, the strings may lose their tone in less than 10 years.

If the piano sounds tinnier and less deep, and seems to have lost some of its resonance, it’s most likely time for restringing. As well, if the strings are too stretched and hard, it could be from too many tunings. In extreme humidity the strings become rusty lose their richness, and when dust penetrates the strings it deadens their sound.

It may also be time to replace the strings if the piano’s pinblock–the part that grips the tuning pins to keep the piano in tune– has loosened. Sometimes it’s necessary to replace the strings as well as the pinblock. In general, when repairs are needed to the piano’s soundboard and bridges, it is often necessary to remove the piano’s strings.

If your piano is significantly valuable, it pays to have its strings restrung. If you think you may have an issue with the strings in your piano, visit TaylorPianoRestorations.com to find out more about piano restringing in Richmond, VA. Taylor Piano Restorations tunes, moves, rebuilds, and refinishes pianos throughout Central Virginia.