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Old 09-07-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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I'm looking for someone to appraise my baby grand piano and would appreciate your recommendations! Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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There was and may still be a piano shop in Rockville, on Bou Avenue, just off Rockville Pike. Right near The Patio Argentine restaurant. They might know of an appraiser.
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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Boyd's Pianos in Falls Church on Gallows Rd. The owner is a very nice gentleman.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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The "blue book" for piano appraisal is Larry Fine's "The Piano Book" (Google it). It goes into depth all about pianos, how they work, how to keep them, as well as all about the various manufacturers -- and it also has a section on used piano values, which is updated annually. If you are into pianos, it is worth at least looking for this book in the library. If you are buying used or selling your piano, it could be worth 10x the price to read this book first.

I don't know how much expertise you have or how well you have kept your piano, but I should say some people are disappointed to find that the value is less than they thought. Steinway used pianos, even in poor condition, sell at a premium. There are a couple of other manufacturers like that, but they are few and far between. Other manufacturers' used pianos must be in excellent condition (mechanically, not cosmetically) to sell for much.

EDIT - also, I should add that if you don't intend to do any reading and just want to go somewhere or have someone look at it, these guys are good: http://www.jamescolwell.com/
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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Nobody is going to be paying a premium price for a used piano, no matter what. Especially now. It's the same thing as cars. There is a huge inventory of new cars that are not selling, therefore decreasing the price of the new. People can get a better deal buying new. If you just want to toss it, give it to a church or school.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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We're not selling the piano - it's been in the family for many years. Need an appraisal for insurance. Thanks for your replies!
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:07 AM
 
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I've never heard of a piano appraisal. It must be a very valuable piano for a separate insurance policy!
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I've never heard of a piano appraisal. It must be a very valuable piano for a separate insurance policy!
Such insurance is often purchased when moving. It's not quite as easy as moving your fine artwork yourself when you are talking about a baby grand.
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