Age and manufacturer are obviously important factors to be considered in appraising an instrument. You will need the serial number of the piano to determine age (
click>>Where Is A Piano's Serial #?). There is however, much more that needs to be considered to accurately determine the value of a specific piano. Personal inspection by a piano technician, knowledgeable dealer or appraiser is the only way to gage the value of a specific piano. Prices for pianos vary greatly depending upon place, time, and situation.

With this said, many piano owners and purchasers are looking for at least some general price information. We have compiled a list of the approximate selling prices of various ages, makes, and types of pianos. This list was compiled from research and adjusted for inflation. Listed is the average low and average high selling prices (not asking prices) in different areas for the pianos described here. Descriptions are, of necessity, brief and vague, but all the pianos were said to be in sale-able condition, and, unless otherwise noted, were for sale by a private owner or dealer. The first set is the very lowest average low and average high prices reported; the second set is the average reported average low and average high prices; and the third set is the very highest average low and average high prices reported. (Note that the extremes listed are not abnormal, but average low and average high prices in some communities.)
      
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Of the pianos made these days, which is the best?

Over-all, the answer is "Yamaha"
(Yamaha Website). Quality for the price, it can't be beat. I have tuned hundreds of pianos and the tone quality of a Yamaha grand is unsurpassed. Next is Kawai, Young Chang, maybe Samick (because of warranty), and then Baldwin (top of the line only). Petrof is a very good piano, but prices have gone very high in recent years. They are not cheap. Then of course Steinway. The legend of pianos is the Bösendorfer. If you can afford one.

Now, before you through away your old Winter, or some other generic piano, cheer up-- if you've been tuning the piano faithfully, and if it hasn't been stored in the barn, you probably have a pretty acceptable instrument anyway.

So go on home, call a tuner who has a positive attitude, and ask him to bring your old relic back as best he can. You will be surprised what can be done. If the tuner tells you to haul it to the dump, call or email me. I will try to help you find a fellow with a better attitude.


HERE IS A LIST OF PIANOS ACCORDING TO QUALITY
You need to understand that this list does not take into account the condition or care the piano has had over the years.

Exceptional quality

Christifori
Steinway & Sons
Boston
Grotrian-Steinweg
Bosendorfer
Bluthner
Bechstein
Yamaha
Erard
Falcone
Mason & Hamlin
Baldwin
Knabe
Gaveau
Chickering
Kurtzmann
Sohmer
Schimmel
Petrof

Better than average

Kawai
Samick
Feurich
Bauer
Acrosonic by Baldwin
Pearl River
Knight of the UK
Story & Clark
Broadwood
Krakauer
Behr
Brinkerhoff
Ibach
Labrousse
Broadman
George Steck
Sohmer
Schiller
Hardman
Hamilton
Haddorff
Mehler
Ivers and Pond
Henry Miller
Janssen
Weber
Playel
Brambach
Everett
Jesse French
Wegman
J & C Fischer

Useful though not exceptional

Weaver
Winter Musett
Wurlitzer
Hobart M. Cable
Lester

Gulbransen
Samick
Cornish
Wissner
Mehlin & Son
Kranich & Bach

Hackley
Laughead

Ackerman
Collard
Price and Teeple
Poole
Kimball
Hinze
Hall
Stetson
Stieff
Cable-Nelson
Kohler & Campbell
Huntington
Cable
Cable Nelson
Conover
Betsy Ross

Low Quality

Aeolian-
This company bought defunct piano companies, some in the above lists, and used the names on their pianos to hide their junk pianos. Beware-- Check a piano atlas to see if Aeolian bought the piano name of something you are considering buying.

Winter- Not Musette
Grinnell
Conn
Lowrey
"Grand" ( Brand name on cheap upright company )
Any piano made in Utah
Any Bird Cage Action piano ( Exception- German )
Any piano with an aluminum harp (plate)
Shannon

Chancellor-- From Ireland-- Operated by hot air-- True!


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