Selling a Piano in the UK
You have various ways to consider selling your piano and below I have tried to explain the more usual suggestions.
- You can pick up the phone or drop an e-mail to Jeffrey Shackell, I am always interested in what is for sale and particularly so if it is a Steinway or Yamaha.
- You might get a better price for your instrument if you try to sell it yourself in the open market but be aware of the many pitfalls. Having been involved in selling pianos for 40 years I can honestly say there is no easy sale of any piano. You will need to be in a good location, available at all times, have the piano well prepared and in tune and be able to answer the many questions that might come your way. You might also meet some interesting people, some just a bit too interesting....
- You could look at putting the piano to auction but remember the price realised at auction will not be what you end up with. You will be responsible for the transport away, with VAT added to this price and you will be charged a hefty commission in the event of your piano selling. If it does not sell you have the cost of return transport or storage fees and more transport costs for another try at auction. It might also make you take a deep breath when you see what the buyer actually pays for your piano when you calculate the buyers premium and VAT on top of the hammer price.
- You can always consider a commission sale with certain retailers that I can recommend. I can advise with a trusted and personal service to sell your piano, everything is fully explained and the piano is always your property until you are paid in full at the close of a successful sale. Your piano does not leave the sale premises until you are paid and happy with all arrangements. Once a cost is given to you for selling your piano on commission there are no other charges, my recommended dealer will pay for everything including transport to them and all instruments are fully insured whilst in our care.
Which ever way you decide to sell your piano remember the choice is yours, don't let anyone talk you into something you are not sure or happy with.