Do you want to sell, part exchange, restore or value your piano for insurance purposes?
30/7/2013 APOLOGIES! Due to a high volume of work we are not able to give valuations on any pianos except:
Bechstein, Blüthner, Bösendorfer, Fazer, Fazioli, Feurich, Grotrian Steinweg, Kawai, Knight, Lipp, Sauter, Seiler, Steinway, Welmar and Yamaha.
We buy and do Restoration work on all good grand and upright pianos
As well as the above list, makes which have some models of interest include:
Broadwood, Challen, Chappell, Collard, Cramer, Kaps, Hopkinson, Ibach, Kemble, Knight, Petrof, Rippen, Ritmuller, Rogers, Schiedmayer, Schimmel, Steck and Zender.
Please see our common makes page for ratings of all common makes of piano.
For an restoration enquiry
For a piano valuation, send us an email with the following information:
- Is it an upright or a grand piano
- Make of piano, height of upright or length of grand (measured from the front of the keys to the back of the piano)
- Serial number if available:
- How much use has the piano had, if known:
- Is the casework in original condition as far as you know:
- Brief comments on the condition of the piano in general:
At this stage, you don’t need to send any photographs, though they would be useful to assess more accurately how much your piano is worth, note that all good makes of piano are wanted for restoration, regardless of condition.
- The piano taken from the front slightly to one side – Grand / Upright
- Close-up of the keys and name – Grand / Upright
- Close-up of the front with the lid closed – Grand / Upright
- The serial number of the piano on the frame or elsewhere if you can find it – Grand / Upright
- About 10 hammers in the mid treble taken from above showing the indentation in the end of them – Grand / Upright
- The strings and tuning pins taken towards from the middle, showing where the strings are wound onto the tuning pins – Grand / Upright
- The soundboard behind or under the strings – Grand / Upright
- Any obvious defects
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The table below gives the best ones available in the UK, placed in order of the most common good pianos available. We’ve listed the ones tuners and performers regard as the best, irrespective of age, but taking into account tone, touch and appearance. Prices are a guide only. There are of course hundreds of upright pianos and we have only listed the most common and some of the best. For a fuller list of common makes available in the UK, please see our common makes page. If you are interested in purchasing or selling a make not listed. For Yamahas, see the menu on the left.
German upright pianos:
|There is much variety in Bechsteins available, so it’s hard to generalize on price. We deal mostly in models 10, 9 and 8. Model V (5) is also very common and often has attractive inlay, but models I to V suffer a lot from loose tuning pins and so need repining and often a new pin-block. Model 7 is excellent but rare. Model 6 is rarer still but in superb in every way.|
|Normally comes in black, rosewood or mahogany. Beautiful warm rich tone. NB bass not very deep tone as strings are short.|
|Normally black, rosewood or mahogany. Rich tone.|
|Usually black, rosewood or mahogany. Rich tone. Action difficult to set up. Good all round piano with more “serious” tone than models 9 and 10|
|Well made pianos, often decorative Art Nouveau and Art Deco with strong rich tone. Can vary in quality.|
|Steinway||K||156cm||£1,000 – 6,000||£8,000 – £13,000|
|Steinway||N||154cm||£1,500 – £4,000||£9,000 – £12,000|
|Steinway||V||153cm||£1,000 – £6,000||£8,500 – £12,000|
|Other less common good makes include Blüthner (older ones are usually over-dampers), Steinway, Förster (old ones good), Bösendorfer (Austrian, excellent but rare), Feurich, Gors & Kallman (varied), Grotrian Steinweg (excellent), Ibach (older ones common but over-dampers), Schimmell and Zimmermann (not recommended until 1995 when merged with Bechstein). Modern Bechsteins, Steinways, etc are notlisted above because they rarely appear on the second-hand market.|
English and other European Upright Pianos: Modern – in order ofmost common good ones followed by less common ones available:
|Modernstyle. Usually mahogany, sometimes walnut or teak. Teachers’ favorite, made with great integrity. Full singing tone for modern piano. Older knights from 1950 to 1960 smaller and more varied. Post 1989 pianos are not made in the original way and are inferior.|
|Consistent good quality, rich mellow tone and fine touch. The 30s ones are taller pianos influenced by Blüthner (Welmar were the importers of Blüthner) and of similar quality.|
English and European Upright Pianos: Traditional– in order of most common good ones followed by less common ones available:
|Fine quality with rich tone and smooth touch. In collaboration with Blüthner, for whom they were the agents.|
Other makes of English and European upright pianos:
Please see the restoration page.