When you're looking to purchase a piano, either for your personal collection or to use, there are several things you will want to remember. The first of these is learning the different types of pianos that are available. Since the piano has quite the history, there are many different versions that all have a unique sound. Perhaps the most common types of collectible pianos for sale are the grand pianos and the upright pianos. Did you know that a grand piano has a total of 10,000 working parts; however, the upright piano only has 5,000 to 6,000.
The value of a collectible piano is based on several different aspects. The first of these is the overall condition of the piano. Do the keys stick? Are they playable? How is the exterior of the piano? While purchasing, or selling, a collectible piano you will need to answer all of these questions. If the piano can still be played, is aesthetically pleasing with little-to-no signs of wear and tear, it will have a much higher value compared to if it was broken or had minor problems. If you are looking to sell an older piano, but it is bad shape, than you will want to take the piano to a restoration artist that specializes in piano restoration. Depending on the severity of the project, this process could take in upwards of 24 months; however, once the restoration is complete the piano will have a much higher value.