Question: Are old pianos worth buying?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.

Do old pianos have any value?

Like antique books, antique pianos are not worth a lot of money just because they are old. In actuality these old instruments may be worth very little at all. Most antique, upright pianos are worth $500 or less in very good condition.

Do pianos get better with age?

Pianos do not get better with age. The action has a zillion moving parts that wear out, the hammers wear out, the dampers wear out and dont work right. The pin blocks get loose and/or crack, the sound boards crack, lose their crown and compress.

Is it worth restoring an old piano?

Restoring a piano adds between 50 and 70 years of life to a piano. That said, the life of a piano is relative to its use, but adding 50-70 years of playability and beauty is a worthwhile investment to keep a valuable, handmade piano alive. Additionally, a new piano drops in value like a brand new car would.

What happens if you dont tune a piano for 10 years?

If your piano has gone without tuning for an extended period of time, its pitch may have dropped well below standard pitch at which it was designed to perform. It may require a procedure called a pitch raiseor pitch correction.

Can a piano be tuned after 10 years?

An acoustic piano needs regular care if it is going to work well. If a piano has gone five or ten years without being tuned, then tuning it once wont be enough. Pianos get set in their ways as they age. A piano that hasnt been tuned in a long time will go out of tune again very quickly.

Do ivory piano keys turn yellow?

Whether your piano features ivory or plastic keys, over time they can become yellow and/or faded. Many players accept this as simply part of owning a piano. However, you dont have to “deal with” unsightly keys.

How can I tell if my piano keys are real ivory?

If your piano keys are made of ivory, they will turn yellow as time goes by. You can also roughly tell the age of the ivory by its colour shade. The darker it is, the older it is. The colour also tends to vary slightly, such as creamy white to yellow-tan or yellow brown.

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