Antique Grand Piano, Antique Piano Values
All about the antique grand piano: antique piano prices, antique player piano info etc
The beauty and craftmanship of an antique grand piano cannot be matched by many of the mass produced, modern, technology driven pianos that we find today.
It's hard to describe the feeling of playing a piano that has a history, and a story behind it; a unique, handcrafted instrument.
And it can be an investment that can grow over time through family generations.
An antique, restored grand piano can (but not always) be cheaper than a new one. For example, you may be able to find antique Steinway pianos for sale that are half the cost of a new Steinway.
Grand Piano Prices
As a very, very general guide (and I am reluctant to put a $ figure down here because it depends on so many things):
An early Victorian antique baby grand piano or grand piano can range in price between $15,000 and $80,000. These include manufacturers such as Steinway, Chickering, and Weber.
A late Victorian antique grand piano or baby grand piano can be found for (approximately!) $12,000 to $30,000. These are often pianos made by Hallet & Davis, Sohmer, Knabe, and Stultz & Bauer.
Bösendorfer, Erard, Steinway, Chickering, Ibach and Bechstein are just a few of the many antique grand pianos that you will see on the market. Steinway and Bechstein seem to be the most popular, with a wide range of models and different prices. I have seen some beautiful ones around the $35,000 mark; I have also seen some as low as $10,000 (although I do wonder if there is a reason why they are so cheap!)
An antique player piano in the 'baby grand' style usually costs somewhere in the thousands and is harder to find than in the upright which can be bought for a few hundred.
Of course, you can also find an antique piano that hardly costs anything at all - these might be through individual/private sale, ebay or Craigslist. I would be extremely cautious when buying this way, and at a minimum I would have a professional appraisal done to find out what the piano is worth before finalising a price.
Antique may not necessarily mean 'valuable' - it could just mean 'old'. Good news for the buyer who wants to negotiate; not so good for the seller!!
I myself bought an antique upright piano a few years ago, for $800...when I was young and naive, but I was extremely lucky and it is still a wonderful piano. Others haven't been so lucky and it ends up costing more to fix or restore the piano than the original sale price.
Finding the perfect antique grand piano...
Firstly, I would see if there is an antique piano dealer near where you live, so you can physically visit the store, see the pianos with your own eyes, and play them as well.
If you can't find anything nearby, I'd do a search on Google (there are lots of antique dealers that ship nationally and even internationally) and establish a relationship with a dealer who has the experience and knowledge to help find what you want.
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