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We Buy Pianos PATCHED

Stilwell Pianos is not a consignment shop. We buy all of our pianos outright with cash before we move the piano out of your home. If you would like to sell your piano to us, please fill out the form below or email the information in the form to

we buy pianos


*Please keep in mind that we do not buy grands or full uprights older than 45 years old. There are exceptions for this for brands like Steinway and Mason & Hamlin. Also we NEVER buy any used digital pianos.

In the Greater Boston area, East Cambridge Piano seeks good, used pianos. Their online inventory page suggests that they take a wide range of brands and models including Bechstein, Sojin, Yamaha, and Samick.

Although many sellers choose to operate on a consignment basis with their pianos, we are sometimes able to purchase pianos outright from sellers. Pianos are assessed for potential purchase on a case-by-case basis; if you'd like to know if we'd be able to purchase your piano, please feel free to call or email us.

Looking to sell your piano? We specialize in buying used pianos and can pay top-dollar. We pay in cash and our process is hassle free. We can also sell your piano on consignment. We also accept pianos in trade towards new pianos.

Wanting to sell your piano? We are always considering fine brands like Steinway & Sons, Mason & Hamlin, Kawai, Yamaha, Bosendorfer, and other higher quality pianos. We will pay top market dollar for your instrument no matter its condition! If we purchase your piano we will arrange to pick up and move your instrument from your home to our rebuilding facility. We try to make this process as quick and easy as possible for you. Selling your piano to us eliminates the hassle of advertising, showing your piano and tearing the piano down and moving it. We are always helping customers across North America sell their pianos, so get in contact with us today.

With this information, we can evaluate your instrument! We buy vintage pianos from all over North America and our movers make regular trips throughout the continent. Do not hesitate to contact us today if you are looking to sell your used piano. We will let you know if we are interested in your piano and can give you a custom price quote. Whether you desire to sell or purchase a piano, we are ready to help you accomplish your goals. Contact us today if you are looking to sell your Steinway or other higher quality brand piano.

We buy over 100 Steinway pianos a year from across the U.S. and Canada. We draw from our experience in piano restoration in order to provide a fair evaluation of value in the current piano market. We also have our own shipping and logistics unit, facilitating pick-up of the pianos we purchase.

Once your piano is delivered, we give you 30 days to play it and make sure everything is exactly as you wish. If not, simply let us know, and we will pick up the piano and give you a full refund. Additionally, when you buy a restored piano from Lindeblad you can, at any time in the future, exchange that piano for another of our pianos and apply the full price you paid to the exchange.

To provide an accurate and fair valuation when we buy used pianos, we require some basic details like the piano make & model, serial number, reason to sell piano and most importantly, some photographs. These allow us to assess the condition of the piano, which is important when valuing it.

Upright pianos which we, and most other piano dealers, are looking to purchase are what are known as 'under-damped, and over-strung'. This means that the dampers, the felt wedges which stop the strings vibrating, are located under the hammers where they work more efficiently. Over-damped pianos have the dampers positioned above the hammers, which isn't particularly effective, and is a feature of most early or pre-20th century upright pianos.

You can easily see if your piano is over-strung, which means that the strings cross over in the middle. This has huge technical benefits, enabling the maker to fit longer strings into a piano to improve its tonal quality, while also making the instrument significantly more stable. On upright pianos the two systems usually go together - straight strung, over-damped, or over strung, under-damped.

On most upright pianos, you will find the serial number just inside the top lid of the piano. This is usually stencilled onto the frame on the right-hand side and is typically between 5 and 7 digits long, depending on the manufacturer.

On most modern pianos, the model number is usually found next to the serial number, so on an upright piano will be just inside the top lid of the piano. On a grand piano, this will be cast into the frame next to the serial number, again on the right-hand side under the music desk.

On some instruments the casework style is the identifying feature; for example, Knight upright pianos have the numbers cast into the frame just inside the bottom door of the instrument by the pedals.

Avoid the hassle of selling your piano by yourself, including the risk and expense of moving it. Instead, work with Alamo Music Center's brick-and-mortar locations for getting your instrument listed and in front of interested buyers. As you can see from our online listings, we sell used acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos. Our stores and showrooms offer additional assistance:

Unfortunately, we don't purchase antique uprights like the one pictured. Because many older pianos are worn-out and no longer suitable for piano lessons or serious use, we are only interested in potentially purchasing pianos of the following brands:

Sometimes, older pianos and their challenges for their owners and potential new pianists outweigh the costs of restoration or repair. Often, the age of the piano is less critical than the playability and performance of the piano. Eventually, the value of the piano as a piece of furniture and its sentimental value outweighs its value as an instrument. Over time gradual wear and deterioration take a toll on the condition of all pianos, whether regularly serviced or not. The best thing to do is to contact us by phone (901.323.8888) and arrange a disposal service for most old uprights.

Here is an example of a 'straight-strung over-dampered' upright acoustic piano. The 'damper' is the mechanism that stops the note from playing, ie it puts a felt against the string to stop it from resonating, in this case its 'above' the hammers, this is why its called 'over-dampered'. This method is was abandoned in approximately the 1920's as 'over-strung under-dampered' pianos emerged. Over-dampered pianos were difficult to maintain and keep a solid connection to prevent string resonance and unwanted sustain. In addition a piano that is 'straight-strung' means that the strings go straight up and down on the frame. This method of piano manufacturing was abandoned around the 1920's too due to difficulties keeping the piano in tune, the tension created in one direction on the frame and the fact that an 'over-strung under-dampered' piano was much more reliable, longer lasting and would stay in tune for longer. They also created a better tone and string resonance.Due to the points mentioned above we would not purchase a piano that is 'over-dampered' and 'straight-strung'. These pianos do not hold any value to us; we would not be comfortable to sell them on as there would be difficulties with tuning and reliability. If you wanted to purchase a new piano from us we can discuss collecting your piano to dispose of it whilst delivering your new one purchased from us. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us with your piano needs!

Here we have an example of an 'over-strung under-dampered' piano. This method of upright piano manufacturing emerged from approximately the 1920's and is still the way new upright acoustic pianos are made today. The 'damper' mechanism is under the hammers and creates a much more reliable contact than the previously 'over-dampered' pianos. The damper stops the note from making a noise and is released as a string is struck by the hammer, enabling the string to resonate to make the sound. When the key is released the damper goes back to the string to stop the sound, unless the sustain pedal is pressing preventing the damper from going back to position ie allowing 'sustain'. Because the damper mechanism in under the hammers on the piano it makes a much more reliable contact to prevent unwanted 'sustain' (notes ringing out) and requires much less attention over the years.In addition an 'over-strung' piano means the strings 'cross over' each other allowing the piano to be smaller but maintain long strings. It also means the tension is put around the frame rather than in one direction as with 'straight-strung' pianos, meaning that is better at holding itself 'in-tune' and less likely to have issues in the future, as long as you keep it regularly tuned (you must keep any acoustic piano tuned regularly to maintain the correct pitch and longevity).We are interested in 'over-strung under-dampered' pianos, ideally from 1970 to present day. If you have a piano that simply needs taking away, or you think may have a value please can in touch with us using the form below for a quote today!

Darrell's is an incredible experience the moment you walk in. Expansive selection of pianos all sizes, all types. Russ had been referred to us by our piano technician. Russ was attentive to our needs and desires and extremely knowledgable. We are now the proud owners of a new baby grand delivered within a few days. Adam and Dave handled it with great care and provided all the time we needed as they helped us with rearranging our living room.

Because of the complex nature of piano disposal, there are some types of pianos that we may not be able to remove. Our friendly, uniformed truck teams will be more than happy to take a look at your piano onsite and let you know what your disposal options are. Pianos we can typically take for you include: 041b061a72


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