Accurate piano valuations
Are you buying or selling a piano? Are you looking for an expert to assess the value of your piano? With careful consideration of all aspects and components of your piano, I can offer you an honest valuation of the instrument you intend to buy or sell. I offer piano valuations for customers in Greater Manchester.
There are several reasons that you might want to have a piano valued, and your reason will affect the valuation. To make that clearer, if for example you want to sell a piano, you should ask for a valuation for resale; if you want to insure a piano, you should ask for a valuation for insurance purposes. Both requests could concern the same piano, and the valuations would be quite different. This is because the price achievable in the current market conditions is probably much lower than the cost of an equivalent new piano. As most insurance companies offer a ‘new for old’ type of cover, the insurance valuation of, for example, your Yamaha piano will be the price that a new Yamaha of similar quality commands. Whilst you can do that kind of simple valuation yourself, there will be times when it is not so straightforward, such as when your piano was made by a manufacturer who is no longer around, and the relative quality of your piano has to be assessed against that which is available. Or, when you need something in writing for other reasons. EMS Piano can help with these situations, and all the necessary factors will be carefully considered before arriving at a value for your piano.
Among the relevant factors will be, when, where and how it was made. For example, is it of British, German, Russian, American, Japanese, Chinese or Indonesian manufacture? Can a date of manufacture be established with any certainty? Does it have a well-proven design, and how much attention was paid to detail during its manufacture? What timber has been used, and is it in good condition or damaged? Can any provenance be provided? This is especially important if the piano concerned is, or appears to be, from a world class manufacturer (E.g. Steinway, Bechstein, Bluthner, Grotrian Steinweg, Bosendorfer and a few others).
Condition is of course vitally important. It is often in the nature of life that a piano is not used for quite a time before it is offered for sale. During this time (it can be many years!) was the piano ever tuned or otherwise maintained? On the other hand, is this piano being offered for sale because it is worn out from over-use by an aspiring pianist who is now a professional? Or has it been abused? Is there any woodworm? It can be fiendishly difficult to uncover the truth in some cases, especially if the vendor has employed another tuner/technician to prepare this piano for sale. You cannot be too careful, so if in doubt, ask EMS Piano for an expert opinion as soon as possible, preferably BEFORE you have agreed a price with the vendor. In most cases you will save much more than the fee, if only by avoiding a loss-making situation. As explained under the sub-titles, ‘Restringing’ and ‘Complete Overhaul or Restoration’ above, some instruments can cost £1000’s to repair. EMS Piano offer piano valuation in Manchester and beyond.