If somebody calls in and asks me how to find deals on used pianos I always remind them that at Stilwell Pianos, our main competitors are private sellers in Arizona, not other piano stores. If you have looked at our prices on used pianos, you will know that even though we are a piano store, we are still cheaper than most private sellers selling pianos on craigslist.
That being said, you have two options. You can buy from us and know that you are buying a piano that has been inspected by a Certified Piano Technician (CPT) or you can buy a piano from a private seller and pay for a pre-purchase inspection. A pre-purchase inspection costs $60 and involves having a certified piano technician from Stilwell Pianos go out to the private sellers house and inspect the piano inside and out before you buy it. The technician will call you and go over his findings and give you an accurate quote on what it will take to get the piano up to playable condition which will help you make a decision on whether or not to buy the used piano. For more information on pre-purchase inspections, please feel free to contact us at any time.
At Portland Piano Company, our certified piano technicians carefully evaluate each used piano in our Portland showroom. Additionally, each used piano we sell comes with a warranty, bench, prep, and tuning in-store, in-home tuning after delivery, and lifetime upgrade policy.
Shopping online is one of the fastest growing segments of the piano business. Buying a piano on craigslist can be a great way to save money, but it can also be a way to bring a lot of trouble into your life. We have interviewed dozens of sellers and hundreds of shoppers who have tried to use craigslist, and have discovered a pattern among piano shoppers that could help save the savvy buyer time and money.
Buying craigslist pianos can have some hidden costs. Moving a piano can cost a few hundred dollars, and failing to have it moved professionally can leave damage that costs even more to repair. The majority of pianos on craigslist have not been tuned for years, and may require 2, 3, or even more tunings, which adds a few hundred dollars more to your hidden costs. Some pianos actually cannot hold their pitch anymore, without replacing the tuning pins, which can cost several times the price of the piano.
In addition, older pianos in which the hammers have been allowed to harden may require voicing, in order for them to produce a pleasing tone, which is another cost, often a few hundred dollars to do the job correctly. Not many piano tuners can perform this task.Many of the savvy shoppers who find The Piano Guys tell us our prices are not much more than buying a piano on craigslist, and if you factor in all the costs of work we do in advance, versus costs you may have to continue to pay when you buy a piano from craigs list or some other internet site, it is often a considerable savings, often hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This is especially true in economic times like these, when sellers are anxious to sell their neglected pianos for some extra cash! But they might not tell you everything they know about the item they need to get rid of.
My wife let me buy a used piano on craigslist. She also let me paint it! It is a 64 Key Melodigrand (Mini Piano). I used 2 coats of Van Gogh Chalk furniture paint and a few spurts of leftover spray paint for the highlights. This is Peony!
There are plenty of buyers looking to save a bit of money on the resale market, yet used pianos can be difficult to sell. Pianos are difficult to move from one place to another, making it challenging to arrange a sale. In addition, while there is certainly a market for used pianos, most areas tend to have more pianos for sale than buyers. Although the market is competitive, by expanding your options and learning how to sell your piano privately, wholesale, and/or through consignment, you can set yourself up for a successful sale.
There's a nostalgia with old pianos for many people. We love the idea that we're buying a piece of history. Plus, the cabinets of these pianos are often very ornate and inspire us to dream of our own home filled with trendy Pinterest pictures just waiting to be taken.
Final delivery of a piano might even have been done by a horse-drawn cart, so these pianos had to be built like tanks to arrive at a customer's home in satisfactory condition. That's one of the reasons these old pianos are so heavy and bulky. Because of their size, many still remain as pieces of furniture, but what you can't see is what should scare you away from buying one for a pianist.
The above information is, of course, just an estimate, and intended for general informational use. Not only do we believe that even our most entry-level used pianos are a better option than old, used pianos on Craigslist, you might be surprised to shop and discover the surprising affordability of some new pianos!
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In business for over 90 years, Alamo Music Center continues to expand our operations. We understand the importance of playing on an instrument in person, especially for a significant investment like a piano. Our recently opened St. Louis showroom gives others outside of the state of Texas an opportunity to experience the crisp sound and responsiveness of a Kawai piano. Come by to test out various used and pre-owned acoustic, hybrid and digital instruments. Whether you purchase your pre-owned piano from our Texas stores or St. Louis location, we offer multiple financing and layaway options, including 12- to 48-month, no-interest options at times, plus trial lessons and an extended warranty.
Selling pianos is tricky, because they are so big that not many people are interested in moving it. Typically, if someone is looking to buy a piano, they have a budget and are looking to buy new or gently used.
People have turned pianos into garden planters. You can also take the piano apart and use the parts for different things. For example, the harp, which is the part that holds the strings, could be used as a lattice in a garden. The legs of a grand piano could be turned into a rolling table.
This week Steinway's General Counsel decided to step up their fear mongering campaign a notch by threatening its competitors with legal action if they \"violate\" any of the vague conditions that their Legal Counsel laid out in a letter addressed to all. Those threatened with legal action potentially include any owner of a used Steinway Piano; in many cases it would include individuals who bought their Steinway directly at the Steinway Gallery if, for example, they decided to have work done on their piano outside of the Steinway Restoration Center that some musicians believe is overpriced, and in some cases, not as good as other rebuilders. Another example is the Juilliard School, an institution comprised of hundreds of Golden Age Steinways rebuilt by Juilliard Technicians.
Steinway used to speak very lovingly towards its used pianos. Steinway seemed to be very proud of its older generation pianos and the idea that used Steinways could last for generations. At the esteemed Juilliard School, for example, virtually all of the practice pianos are from the Golden Era. At a certain point, however, a clever marketer at Steinway coined the term \"Stein-Was\", and a line in the sand was drawn.
In reality, as evidenced by gently used and Pre-Owned Steinway Pianos advertised on Pianomart and other reseller marketplaces, the price of a new Steinway piano falls dramatically the moment it comes home, and immediately joins the secondary market. Part of that drop is based on normal market forces, similar to the drop in value of a car \"off the lot\". Steinway's campaign of fear, however, makes the price drop all the more dramatic. By dissuading buyers (and competitors) with fear of used pianos, and now, with fear of a lawsuit, Steinway & Sons is simply hurting their own buyers by enhancing the \"off the lot\" price drop.
Park Avenue Pianos is a Steinway Reseller, and primarily sells gently used Steinway Pianos. In that sense, Steinway's latest fear campaign and rhetoric has little effect. However, Park Avenue Pianos also has enormous respect for its competitors like Faust Harrison Pianos, Klavierhaus, Lindeblad, and countless others (including musicians on craigslist and other forums) that sell rebuilt Steinway Pianos, and in this sense, Steinway's effort to bury its competition is disappointing. Park Avenue Pianos often comes across Steinways restored by its competitors (as well as Steinways restored in the official Steinway Restoration Center), and we find that often the quality of the rebuilds outside of the Steinway Factory is of even greater quality. We sense that Steinway is engaging in a new campaign of fear to not only scare its customers, but cause damage to its competitors through intimidation. We hope that Steinway will reconsider its approach, and work to inspire those in the musical community, rather than seeking to scare them.
for sale is a Lester upright piano. all of the keys are in working order and none of the keys are chipeds . the foot pedals work. The only thing it will really need is it will need to be tuned after you move it. it is in good used condition.this is a great practice piano. if you have any questions please feel free to call or text me at 316 215 249three 59ce067264