Do you have an old piano that is no longer used and that you want to sell? Contact Chamberlain Pianos for a quote today – you might be surprised by how much it is worth. We are always on the lookout for good quality used upright and grand pianos, whatever the condition, and guarantee to offer the very best possible price for your instrument. We are particularly keen to purchase Yamaha, Steinway, Bechstein, Kawai and Bluthner instruments.
How do I go about it?
Please send us five or six photographs of the piano, showing the inside of the instrument and all angles of the case with the fallboard open and closed so we can give a basic first assessment of its condition. Send these pictures, along with the make, model (if it has one), and the serial number of the instrument to email@example.com and we will come back to you by return.
Sometimes, certain makes and models aren’t suitable for sale at retail, but we are still delighted to offer our free impartial advice on how best to sell your piano.
How to find serial and model numbers
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 a grand piano, the serial number is usually found on the right-hand side, stencilled onto the frame by the tuning pins. This is a little trickier to get to than on an upright, and you might find that you need to take out the music desk to access it.
Some pianos have the serial number in other places so don’t worry if you can’t find it. For example, some Blüthner pianos have the serial number on the decorative soundboard transfer and Bechstein grands sometimes have their serial number carved into the wooden back-frame behind the action.
Steinway pianos have their serial number in a little recess in the frame, between where the strings cross over, just to the left of the middle section of the keyboard. Every part of a Steinway piano has its serial number carved into it, and this is one of the ways you can tell that the Steinway piano is original and made up from genuine parts. Very handy if you can’t make out a faded serial number on the frame!
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.
Please feel free to contact us if you get stuck, and usually just a couple of photographs will do if you can’t find it. Providing this information will allow us to ascertain when your piano was made, usually pinpointing to within a window of a couple of years, and your piano’s value is largely dependent on the period of manufacture.