Who buys antique pianos?

Publish Date: 12 February 2022
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Antique pianos are classed as a piano that is at least 100 years old and, in many instances, will display a quieter, flute-like sound that sets them apart from modern pianos. There are many buyers who are interested in antique pianos, whether it is to add to a collection, as an investment or perhaps to use in the film and television industry. In this article, we will be delving into antique pianos, their worth and why they can be good pianos to purchase.

Are antique pianos worth anything?

As with many antique items, antique pianos can either be worth very little or be incredibly valuable.
Many older instruments are generally worth very little if they are in poor condition and will not be worth the money it would take to restore them. However, some pianos are incredibly unique, rare or have been kept in excellent condition over a long period and will be worth considerably more. Some antique pianos are worth tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of pounds, with the higher price points usually reserved for those built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Understandably, most people will not have the relevant knowledge or experience needed to value an antique piano accurately. Several important factors need to be considered when determining the market value of an antique instrument which is why you will need to consult with a piano appraiser. Only with a professional evaluation will you be able to find out its worth and then market it accordingly.

Are antique pianos good?

If properly cared for, any piano can sound and look great for years to come, but this can be slightly more complicated when it comes to antiques. Antiques can quickly become worthless if they have not been adequately cared for and have fallen into complete disrepair. However, there are antique pianos that are still worth owning and could reach their full potential if professionally restored.

Newer, more modern mechanisms can be made for your piano to help restore it, whether you are looking to keep the instrument as a family heirloom or repair it to sell.

Depending on your expectations, antique pianos can be just as beautiful in sound and appearance as modern-day pianos, adding a unique centrepiece to any room with an even more distinctive sound and history. These heirloom pieces help keep us connected to the past and represent a lifetime of music and joy.

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Get in touch with us today!

As one of the UK’s leading piano dealers, Markson Pianos are proud also to offer piano restoration services. Our team have restored many antique pianos over the years so that they can be auctioned or even kept as beautiful family heirloom. Whatever your requirements, we want to ensure you are satisfied that you have made the correct decision that fulfils your piano’s needs. Each antique piano is different and will often have unique requirements, which is why our team will be happy to inspect and advise you on what we believe is necessary to restore your instrument.

Learn more about our services

Our restoration process can take anywhere between three to six months to complete depending on the amount of work required, but this is something our piano technicians will be able to advise you on. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell your piano, why not read our blog post on “How to sell your Piano“.

If you are interested in finding out more about our restoration services for antique pianos or would like to know more about antique pianos, you can visit our London showroom or get in touch with us today on 020 7935 8682. Our team is more than happy to discuss buying, selling, and restoring antique pianos and will be glad to assist you with any queries you have.