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Piano Appraisals


Many piano owners would like to have their pianos appraised for insurance purposes or for resale. That is often a wise choice since most piano owners don't have any knowledge of what current market prices for piano are. However, they should be made aware that not all pianos are worth the cost of an appraisal. Generally speaking, most grand pianos and newer upright pianos are worth the cost while Canadian and American made upright pianos from the 1960's or earlier are rarely worth more than $500 and that should be taken into consideration before making the decision to book an appraisal. Also, it's worth noting that many antique pianos are close to, or already at the end of there useful life as musical instruments so there is no added value for rare old instruments.

The only way to properly assess a piano is to have a qualified technician inspect the piano in person. Pictures and serial numbers donít tell you much about whether a piano was one of the manufacturerís entry level pianos or one of their top of the line instruments. They also canít tell you anything about the internal condition, maintenance, sound and performance of a piano.

Your piano may be worth what a typical piano of its make and age is worth, but it may be worth more and it may even be worth nothing at all, if it requires major repairs that would be more costly than the piano is worth. The only way to be certain is to have the piano inspected by a qualified technician.

Booking An Appraisal

I charge $100 plus HST for an appraisal. For this fee I will look up the serial number to establish the date of manufacture, perform a complete inspection of the instrument and fill out a written report. The report covers the pianoís age, retail value, private sale value or insurance replacement value. It also covers the condition of the soundboard, pin block, bridges, strings, hammers, felt components and action condition.

There is a substantial cost saving to have a piano appraised and tuned at the same time. In this case the fee is only for the additional time involved in assessing the piano and is $35 in addition to the tuning fee.


  • Written Appraisal $100 plus HST
  • Tuning and Written Appraisal $150 Plus HST

Please Note - This appraisal service is only offered for pianos within this service area.

Service Area, Oakville Through to Niagara

Serving - Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby,
St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Niagara On The Lake, Welland, Fort Erie, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland & Smithville.


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