Piano inspection

If you made a decision to purchase piano, I can inspect it for you and set a realistic price.

An evaluation is essential for a seller and instills confidence for the buyer. Nothing is worse than buying a piano, paying for moving and having a tuner tell you “it can’t be tuned” or it needs thousands of dollars in repairs.

Since piano values are based primarily on age, condition and piano manufacturer, there is no way a Blue Book or pricing guide can be accurate. It is important to have an appraiser who is very familiar with all older brands and their characteristics. Whether good or bad, the overall value and decisions about whether to keep, repair or rebuild should be made by a professional.

• A visual inspection of the cabinet, finish, veneers.

• A visual inspection of the piano interior to determine condition of harp, sound board, bridges, strings and dampers.

• A “bottom-up” visual inspection of the underside of the piano including sound board, ribs, body, lyre, pedals and trap work (mechanism).

• The piano action is then removed for inspection.

• The condition of the hammers and all action components, including keys, shanks, wippens, felts, springs, and bushings, are checked for wear and deficiencies.

• Random tuning pins are checked for proper torque. Please note all tuning pins can not be checked unless a piano tuning is requested.

• The serial number is noted, and in most cases, the age will be identified. (Our reference library contains some of the oldest listings of pianos.)