amezcua wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:33 pm
One of the New York piano moving firms did a video showing how they dispose of unwanted pianos...
I read a NY times article about 2 years ago … I suspect it was about that same company. Some of the pianos are apparently top class instruments where the equivalent new one might be 50-100K but they simply don't fit into some people's lifestyles any more and as there are so many in that area there is simply no market although some of the instruments might be worth serious money some where else.
The lesson for selling pianos seems to be "location, location, location" with the basic assumption that the instrument is decent in the first place.
Where I am at the moment, there is older English upright in poor condition - it has been used purely as decoration for 20 years and is faded, out of tune with some poorly working keys (I fixed a bunch by the expedient of reseating them) but for whatever reason a friend of the owner's has decided that she wants to get it restored. Otherwise it would now be outside and left to rot and fall to bits. My guesstimate is that it will cost 6k-8k to restore it. That said it, despite its poor state it has a surprisingly nice tone and I was surprised to see that new uprights in a local store's display window are 10-12k. The town has a music conservatory so there is some demand for instruments here and the music shop manages to survive.