How much is your piano worth?

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The value of your piano is determined by the following factors:

  • Demand in the market: the overall level of demand for pianos during a given time will affect the resell value of your piano. Secondly the demand for a specific brand, such as Yamaha, will affect the resell value of your piano as well. As an example in Vancouver there are many Asian people who are in love with Yamaha because they believe that Yamaha is the best mid range piano. This belief will lead in more demand thus pushing the prices of used pianos up over time. Some technicians believe that Kawai is just as good and in some cases even better than a Yamaha but Kawai generally sells at a lower price because there are less people searching for a used Kawai.
  • The internal condition: pianos that haven't been maintained over time require more work to be restored, the moving parts inside the piano should be adjusted and maintained over time, humidity is one of the leading factors in requiring a piano to be maintained over time. Thus the level of work required internally to restore your piano will determine it's value.
  • The external condition: pianos are often treated as tables by students, thus causing scratches over time, each move can leave a mark on the exterior body as well. In order to restore a piano, a technician must polish the piano or paint some areas if required to make the exterior look more acceptable to the next owner. The level of work on the exterior body will determine the value of the piano as well.
  • It's age and brand: pianos depreciate as they get older so the age is a major factory in determining the value, the brand will determine the rate in which it depreciates. Some people might think that an antique piano is worth more than it should be. This theory is true when there is enough demand for antique pianos. Today in our society there are so many antique pianos from 100 years ago that scoring one would cost as much as $50. Restoring an old piano will cost any where from $1000 to $6000. However there aren't any customer willing to over $1500 for an old piano build 70 years ago, because people don't value them as much as they should.
  • How well it was maintained: tuning and maintaining your piano by your piano technician will maintain it's value over time. Concept tuning, voicing, regulating and regular tuning will help keep your piano in a good condition. Imagine not changing the oil on your car for 5 years! Pianos are the same. You have to tune them at least once a year to keep them healthy.

 

 

Source: From Yamaha's Corp.

Finding the Age of Your Yamaha Piano

 

Find age

The serial number on YAMAHA GRAND PIANOS is stamped on the gold colored plate located inside the piano as illustrated in the grand piano picture.



 
 

 

The serial number on YAMAHA VERTICAL PIANOS is stamped on the gold colored plate on the inside of the piano as illustrated in the vertical piano picture. The serial number can be seen by opening the toplid of the piano and looking inside.


Find age

 

Yamaha Pianos produced for the North American market have been manufactured in 4 locations:

  • Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Thomaston, Georgia
  • South Haven, Michigan
  • Jakarta, Indonesia

As a result, there are four different serial number ranges for Yamaha pianos.

If the serial number begins with a "T", the piano was manufactured in Thomaston, Georgia. If your grand piano is a GH1G, GH1FP, GC1G, or GC1FP, your piano was manufactured in Thomaston, Georgia.

If the serial number begins with a "U", the piano was manufactured in South Haven, Michigan.

If your grand piano is a GA1E, DGA1E, GB1, or DGB1, your piano was manufactured in Jakarta, Indonesia.

If your piano is any other grand piano it was manufactured in Hamamatsu, Japan.

If your upright piano is taller than 45" it was manufactured in Hamamatsu, Japan.

If your upright piano is 45" or shorter and has seven numbers in the serial number, it was manufactured in Hamamatsu, Japan after January, 1970.

 

 

 

Pianos Manufactured
in
Hamamatsu, Japan


Year of
Manufacture



Serial Number


1917

1700

 


1918

1800

 

1919

1900

 

1920

2100

 

1921

2650

 

1922

3150

 

1923

3650

 

1924

4250

 

1925

4950

 

1926

5700

 

1927

6500

 

1928

7751

 

1929

8928

 

1930

10163

 

1931

11719

 

1932

13368

 

1933

15182

 

1934

17939

 

1935

19895

 

1936

22397

 

1937

25158

 

1938

28000

 

1939

30000

 

1940

31900

 

1941

33800

 

1942

35600

 

1943

37000

 

1944

38000

 

1945

38550

 

1946

 

 

1947

40000

 

1948

40075

 

1949

40675

 

1950

42073

 

1951

44262

 

1952

47675

 

1953

51266

 

1954

57057

 

1955

63400

 

1956

69300

 

Jan-57

77000

 

Jun-57

83000

 

Jan-58

89000

 

Jun-58

90000

 

Jan-59

102000

 

Jun-59

111000

 

Jan-60

124000

 

Jun-60

134000

 

Jan-61

149000

 

Jun-61

164000

 

Jan-62

188000

 

Jun-62

207000

 

Jan-63

237000

 

Jun-63

261000

 

Jan-64

298000

 

Jun-64

329000

 

Jan-65

368000

 

Jun-65

420000

 

Jan-66

489000

 

Jun-66

540000

 

Jan-67

570000

 

Jun-67

638000

 

Jan-68

685000

 

Jun-68

758000

 

Jan-69

805000

 

Jun-69

885000

 

Jan-70

960000

 

Jun-70

1040000

 

Jan-71

1130000

 

Jun-71

1230000

 

 

Upright
Pianos

Grand
Pianos

Jan-72

1317500

1358500

Jun-72

1391000

1443500

Jan-73

1510500

1538500

Jun-73

1604000

1623000

Jan-74

1745000

1753500

Jun-74

1834000

1843000

Jan-75

1945000

1935000

Jun-75

2036000

2403000

Jan-76

2154000

2153000

Jun-76

2247000

2253000

Jan-77

2384000

2362000

Jun-77

2474000

2462000

Jan-78

2585000

2580500

Jun-78

2698000

2720000

Jan-79

2810500

2848000

Jun-79

2825000

2900000

Jan-80

3001000

3040000

Jun-80

3121000

3140000

Jan-81

3261000

3270000

Jun-81

3354000

3360000

Jan-82

3465000

3490000

Jun-82

3551000

3590000

Jan-83

3646200

3710500

Jun-83

3724100

3790400

Jan-84

3832200

3891600

Jun-84

3989000

3992300

Jan-85

3987600

4040700

Jun-85

4095500

4130400

Jan-86

4156500

4214600

Jun-86

4241000

4250700

Jan-87

4334800

4351100

Jun-87

4387300

4440000

Jan-88

4491300

4561000

Jun-88

4557800

4633500

Jan-89

4672700

4671400

Jun-89

4735200

4730800

Jan-90

4837200

4810900

Jun-90

4897800

4871000

Jan-91

4967900

4951200

Jun-91

5005600

5010100

Jan-92

5086800

5071800

Jun-92

5127800

5120700

Jan-93

5204100

5181400

Jun-93

5224900

5230000

Jan-94

5296400

5291500

Jun-94

5330000

5319000

Jan-95

5375000

5368000

Jun-95

5415000

5410000

Jan-96

5446000

5448000

Jun-96

5482000

5472000

Jan-97

5530000

5502000

Jun-97

5556000

5516000

Jan-98

5579000

5588000

Jun-98

5598000

5608000

Jan-99

5792000

5810000

Jun-99

5833000

5819000

Jan-00

5868000

5860000

Jun-00

5892000

5874000

Jan-01

5928000

5913000

Jun-01

5949000

5933000

Jan-02

5978000

5963000

Jun-02

5993000

5986000

Jan-03

6021000

6019000

Jun-03

6043500

6041500

Jan-04

6066000

6064000

Jun-04

6088000

6086500

Pianos Manufactured in
Thomaston, GA


Year of
Manufacture


Serial Number


1983

T500101

1984

T500422

1985

T500998

Jan-86

T502874

Jun-86

T504050

Jun-86

T100001

Jan-87

T101856

Jul-87

T106111

Jan-88

T110501

Jul-88

T116056

Jan-89

T122421

Jul-89

T128571

Jan-90

T132706

Jul-90

T137066

Jan-91

T143101

Jul-91

T148961

Jan-92

T155131

Jul-92

T161556

Jan-93

T167386

Jul-93

T172781

Jan-94

T177711

Jul-94

T183484

Jan-95

T189741

Jul-95

T196041

Jan-96

202945

Jul-96

208331

Jan-97

212917

Jul-97

218086

Jan-98

224053

Jul-98

230301

Jan-99

237164

Jul-99

244329

Jan-00

251146

Jul-00

258968

Jan-01

265755

Jul-01

271465

Jan-02

275258

Jul-02

280155

Jan-03

283503

Jul-03

289802

Jan-04

294877

Jul-04

299405