piano appraisals

To ensure that the proper services are provided to you, I must make the distinction between two different, but commonly confused services:

  1. Piano appraisal inspection + appraisal document – includes a written appraisal document for a piano, which states the monetary value of the instrument. This two-step process requires that a piano technician perform a first-hand appraisal inspection of the instrument, and then a Qualified Appraiser generate the official appraisal document(s) using the data and photos from the technician’s appraisal inspection. Appraisals are typically requested for one of the following reasons:

    1. Fair Market Value (FMV): the customer would like to know the monetary value of the piano, usually for the purpose of resale

    2. Noncash Charitable Contributions: i.e. piano is being donated to charitable organization, and customer would like to take a tax deduction for their donation

    3. Estate settlement

    4. Insurance: the insurance company requires a official appraisal from a Qualified Appraiser to properly insure your instrument

    5. Divorce/Marriage Dissolution

  2. Piano technical inspection, condition report, and post-inspection consultation – These services are designed to assist a buyer in the potential purchase of a piano, by providing a detailed perspective on the condition of the piano being considered, warn of any red flags, and suggest any treatment or repairs the piano might benefit from. These services are supplied solely by a piano technician, and do not involve a Qualified Appraiser. As such, the condition report does not state a monetary value of the instrument, and is not an appraisal. If this is the service you are looking for, the remaining information on the page does not apply. Instead, please see my page for these services at this link.

piano appraisal faq