What Is the Online Piano Appraisal Service?
This service is intended as a piano price point
for market entry, for piano owners who are thinking about selling a piano; who are searching
for the value of a new or used piano; or who are requesting a piano's insurance replacement value for the current year, among various other reasons (see the list below).
The Online Piano Appraisal Service can help you to determine the market value range of your piano - if you are looking to buy or sell one, or just need a rough estimate of how much your piano is worth.
This evaluation can help to serve as a reasonable starting point
of reference at which to begin, before or after hiring a piano
technician to service your piano.
An evaluation can be delivered in as little as 24 hours, or
in 5 days, depending on the delivery option you choose.
At times you may need an appraisal, or an estimate, to prove the value
of your piano under certain conditions. A piano appraisal can prevent
you from selling your piano for too little or paying too much for a new
piano. It can also prevent you from investing money into a piano that may need repair, rebuilding, or restoration that exceeds the value of the piano itself, at present.
A piano appraisal is used for purposes such as:
*Appraisals for tax donation purposes may require a separate, on-site evaluation (see below).
Many different factors influence a piano's value, which can include the following:
1) Piano's Age
3) Type (Vertical, Grand; or Square Grand)
4) Model or Size
5) Manufacturer Grade
(e.g. Low Grade, Mid-Grade, or High Performance Grade Piano)
6) Interior and Exterior Condition
7) Past Use & Wear
9) Condition of Finish, Case, & Keys
10) Geographic Location
11) Depreciation Factors
12) Rarity Value
13) Scarcity Value
14) Intrinsic Design
15) Furniture Value
16) Antique Value
17) Recent or Past Restoration
18) Player System Installation - Past or Present
19) Eagerness of a potential buyer or seller
20) Local or National Economy
Who Should Use This Service?
Anyone who needs a quick, reliable, and an inexpensive guide to a piano valuation:
- Sellers: You are thinking of selling your piano. You need an idea of the piano's present value in order to determine a realistic, real-world, fair market value selling price.
- Buyers: You are searching for a used piano. You need to know if a piano is priced reasonably, without a warranty, in "as-is" condition.
- Owners: You are curious to know the fair market value of
your piano. But you don't want a comprehensive appraisal performed by a
piano technician just yet. You are also looking for the current year's insurance replacement value to report to your insurance company to fully insure your piano against any damages, or a declared total loss.
Please Note: The Online Appraisal Service is based entirely online, and is a general evaluation of your piano, only. It is meant to serve as a starting point of reference. It is not intended to replace an on-site piano inspection by a piano technician, that is separate and different from the online appraisal service.
EXAMPLE: You may have requested your car's online "Blue Book" value before, whereas you may have had to visit an auto mechanic to get your car's real status inspected... the oil
changed... a mechanical tune-up... or to get your tires and brakes inspected and changed out.
The online service - while comprehensive is many ways - does not replace a piano technician who physically can inspect your piano on-site, to provide a comprehensive mechanical and structural condition report upon extensive findings. These types of reports can generally range in price on average >$150 to >$250 per report when provided by qualified piano technicians within North America.
This service is intended for acoustic piano and player pianos, whereas electronic keyboard and organ appraisals are offered as a separate service, for a fee of $40, delivered within 5-7 business days. This includes any electronic and digital keyboards; digital pianos; analog keyboards; synthesizers and samplers; and vintage keyboards.
Celebrity Owned Piano Appraisals understandably require more in-depth and extensive research than a standard piano evaluation. Such research includes: the piano's Celebrity and/or Historical Value, Fair Market Value, and Minimum Insurance Replacement Value.
The retainer fee is >$850 for a celebrity appraisal, plus the fee of the appraisal, calculated after necessary estate information has been gathered, and can be delivered within 30 to 60 business days.
24-Hour Request Exception: (1) ANTIQUE pianos and (2) pianos subject to any kind of physical damage - by water, moisture, fire, smoke, or actual physical breakage (e.g. dropped by movers, broken pieces, missing minor or major structural components, etc.) - shall be evaluated within 24 hours to 48 hours, or longer, with no exceptions.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
WHAT is the COST of the SERVICE?
ACOUSTIC & PLAYER PIANOS:
Electronic & Digital Keyboards & Organs:
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
in Steps 1 to 3, below, to review the order requirements before placing your request.
DIRECTIONS TO PLACE AN ORDER:
Step 1: Send a Payment
Step 2: Fill Out the Evaluation Form
Step 3: Send Well-Lighted, Close Up, & Detailed Pictures and/or Videos of the Piano's Interior and Exterior.
UPDATE: Friday, May 26th, 2023
Phone Response Time:
For purposes of offering this online service, while we cannot give you an estimate over the phone, we can certainly discuss your options as to whether or not you should submit an order, prior to placing one, below.
WE DO NOT GIVE ESTIMATES
OVER THE PHONE.
If you would like to discuss whether or not you need to order an appraisal, in order to adequately meet the needs of your situation, please:
Contact Us about your request, here.
(866) 488-KEYS (5397)
Please Contact Us at the link, here, if you do not receive a call back within the next 48 hours.
While we make every attempt to contact our customers in a prompt fashion, we appreciate our customers who are able to pickup the phone when we call, or at least try to call us back, a 2nd time.
Please remember the number above as "Total Piano Care" so as to recognize the call when you receive it, to eliminate any "phone tag". Thank you.
For a faster response, you may leave a message about your inquiry at the Contact Us form, here.
"CAN YOU BUY MY PIANO?"
We Do Not Buy or Consign Most Pianos except for certain
PREMIUM PERFORMANCE GRADE Pianos such as:
If you own one of the brands or models, above, and you wish to either sell or consign your piano, please contact us, here.
We suggest to order an appraisal to know what your piano is worth, before you decide to sell it on your own, or before you decide to buy a piano from a private party, a piano technician, or a piano dealer.
WE APPRECIATE CUSTOMERS WHO TAKE THE TIME TO SEND PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF THEIR PIANO, HOWEVER...
PLEASE DO NOT SEND
PICTURES & VIDEOS
OF YOUR PIANO, ONLY,
EXPECTING AN APPRAISAL.
THAT'S FOUND IN "STEP 2" BELOW
PLEASE CALL US WITH ANY QUESTIONS:
WE ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING PAYMENT METHODS:
All trademarks, logos, or registered Trademarks found on our website are the property of their respective owners.
START YOUR APPRAISAL ORDER, HERE:
Legal Disclaimer: By sending a payment for the Online Appraisal Service at Step 1 of 3, you are hereby agreeing to our Terms and Conditions of service, the link of which is contained at the bottom of every page of Total-Piano-Care.com.
STEP 1 of 3: Choose your delivery option, and send a payment:
After selecting an option, wait for a new window to open to proceed to checkout.
If you wish to pay with a credit card without a Paypal account, please select "Pay without a Paypal account" at the bottom of the screen at the PayPal shopping cart.
..If you wish to use Cash App, Venmo, or Zelle you may place your order within Step 2.
STEP 2 of 3: Complete the Online Evaluation Form.
For Our Valued Customers
Who Jump Directly to Step 3:
Please FILL OUT THE FORM, HERE,
STEP 3 of 3: Please Send Well-Lighted, Close Up, & Detailed Pictures of The Piano.
Do not send pictures of the piano's outer cabinet, only.
Send well-lighted pictures of the piano's interior and exterior, including the (1) cabinet, (2) keys, and (3) pedals [exterior].
The interior includes the (4) action parts and hammers, (5) strings, damper felt, and tuning pins, (6) soundboard and bridges, (7) cast iron plate.
You may also send a video of your piano. Play all of the keys: naturals and sharps, from left to right, in sequence, 2 to 3 seconds per note, with a medium to a semi-hard touch. Record all the components, listed above.
You may send pictures of the piano, via a shared link to a cloud folder at: DropBox, Google Photos, any other user friendly photo sharing site, or to our e-mail address (see "Step 2" page for our contact details).
The 24 HOUR TIME PERIOD BEGINS AFTER ALL THREE (3) REQUIRED ITEMS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED:
(Step 1) Payment, (Step 2) Piano Evaluation Form, and (Step 3) Pictures and/or a Video of your piano, subject to our Terms and Conditions of service (see link at the bottom of this page).
APPRAISALS RECEIVED AFTER HOURS (5pm PST) ARE COUNTED AS BEING RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS DAY.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION IN THIS MATTER.
IF YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST RECEIVE YOUR APPRAISAL WITHIN A CERTAIN TIME FRAME (OR HOUR) WE MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.
USE THE PHONE NUMBER ABOVE, TO CONTACT US.
Piano Appraisals For Tax Deduction
and Donation Purposes:
The Online Piano Appraisal Service is intended to serve as a starting point of reference, only, and DOES NOT REPLACE a physical, on-site inspection of the piano itself by a piano technician or appraiser, for tax donation purposes as may be required by the IRS.
The main purpose of this online service is to provide a general guide of reference, only. This evaluation, however, can assist on-site appraisers to make more well informed and accurate decisions, in conjunction with their own subjective observations, knowledge, and opinion about the piano they are evaluating.
To be clear, we do not sign IRS Form 8283 [Noncash Charitable Contributions] Part IV: "Declaration of Appraiser" as part of this service.
On-site physical evaluations are billed separately from the Online Piano Appraisal Service, subject to our sole discretion, at a rate of $300 to $400 [based on technicians' labor plus travel to and from the piano], upon the acceptance of your order. Please Contact Us for more information.
Legal Disclaimer: We do not provide, nor represent to provide, any tax or legal advice. We encourage you to speak with a licensed attorney or CPA to discuss your legal rights and obligations in connection with your piano donation.
All Appraisals Are Subject to Our Terms of Service, the link of which is contained at the bottom of every page of Total-Piano-Care.com.
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Please Read Through Steps 1-3, at the end of this page, Before Placing Your Order.