Sell Your Piano
If you have a piano you are thinking of getting rid of, please gather the following information before calling. We are one of the only piano stores Portland contacts regarding old upright pianos and vintage grands. The more details you have, the more we can help you.
Where does the piano live?
Due to our shop’s location, we buy pianos in and near the Portland Metropolitan area only. This is because we personally inspect and approve of every piano that comes into our store. We really can’t tell you what a piano is worth by looking at a picture of it, so if you are outside of this Oregon area, please contact your local piano store. They will assist you better than we can.
1. Piano Size
Is your piano a grand or an upright?
Use this guide to help you with your vertical piano.
- Spinets – approximately 36″
- Consoles – approximately 40″
- Studios – approximately 45″
- Good old upright – approximately 54″
This guide may help you determine what size grand piano you have.
Grand Length: (The measurement is taken from front of the keyboard to the farthest point of the bend at the back of the piano.)
- Baby Grand – 5’4″ or smaller
- Medium Grand – 5’4″ to 5’11′
- Grand – 6′ or longer
- Artist Grand – begins at 7′
- Concert Series – 9′ or longer
2. Piano Identification
What is the name of your piano? (Piano brand names are like car names: do you have a Pinto or a Porsche?)
What is the piano serial number? (This will reveal the age of the piano.)
- Upright Pianos
Remove all of your pictures from the top of the piano, lift the lid and peer inside. In uprights, the serial number is usually located near the top, by the tuning pins in a cut out window of the metal plate. It will be branded into the wood or painted on. Do not confuse this number with patent dates, or established dates. The date of manufacture is NEVER written inside. If your piano is more modern, the serial number may be located on the back of the piano.
- Grand Pianos
In grand pianos, the serial number can be many places. It is usually near the tuning pins, stenciled on the plate or in an oval cut-out,burned into the wood. The first place to look is underneath the music desk. Just scoot the music desk back a bit and you should see it. Other places the number might be are on the plate further down, or written on the soundboard next to the name brand decal. Unfortunately the soundboard can be so covered with dust that the piano serial number is unreadable. Please use caution and do not touch the strings, as the oil from your hands will damage the sound of your instrument.
3. Piano Condition
- What does it look like?
- Describe the condition of the wood.
- Are the keys chipped?
- Is any ivory missing?
- How does it play?
- Has any work been done on it?
4. Piano Storage
Where has the piano been?
If it has been in cold storage, a garage or has been exposed to extreme fluctuations of temperature or humidity, your piano is beyond repair. These conditions have caused the wood in old upright pianos and grands to expand and contract to such an extent as to render it un-tunable. 25,000 to 40,000 lbs. of string tension is exerting its force inside your piano at this very moment. Some grands and uprights of exceptional quality can come back from the dead through a re-build. However, most pianos in utter disrepair simply cost more than the piano is worth to fix. The most customary resting spots for these glorious old beasts are the dump, or the corner of a garden that requires a unique trellis.So, if you have an old upright or grand piano Portland and have the answers to these questions, give me a call to determine your pianos possibilities.