How to Sell or Pawn a Piano

February 08, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

Pianos are known for their sound, sophistication, and versatility in playing any genre of music.

They are also known for their size, weight, and difficulty in transportation. If you have a piano you would like to pawn or sell, the first thing I would advise you to do is to discover if any pawn shops in your area deal in pianos – so post it on PawnGuru. The last thing I’d want for you to do is to go through all the trouble transporting your piano to a pawn shop just for them to say they don’t want the piano. If you have a piano you would like to pawn or sell, here are a few tips.

Repairs and Tuning

Pianos are expensive instruments to maintain. Every time a key or a string is broken, you have to call the piano repair man to make a visit to your house to fix it. If you have a piano you’d like to pawn or sell, I would recommend fixing anything that’s broken and tuning the piano before you have a pawnbroker look at it. Pawn shops don’t want to waste time fixing items when they could be making money. It will cost you a little money to fix before you sell it, but you can make that back when you sell it to a pawn shop.


When selling a piano, you must have paperwork that describes when and where you got your piano. Pianos can last a very long if they are properly taken care of. Knowing the history of the piano can tell a pawnbroker the condition it is in. You should also include in your posting description the piano’s description should contain all of the basic information and characteristics that people will want to know—the reputation of the brand, the condition, age, dimensions, finish, style, sound and touch.

Find Out Your Piano’s Value

To find out what your piano is worth, look online for how much you piano is selling for with similar pianos online. You want to get a good idea for what your offer price should be and try to negotiate from there. There are many factors of a piano that could either lower or increase your offer price.


When you find someone who has decided they like what they see online about your piano, it’s a good idea to invite them to come over to your home to at least play the piano to hear what it sounds like. Not all pianos that look sound the same. Just because the piano looks nice doesn’t mean it will sound similarly great. You want to let the buyer hear the piano to seal the deal so that once you’ve agreed on the offer, the only time you have to move your piano is when you sell it or get a pawn loan for it.


If you’re in no need of the piano cover or piano seat, include them with your piano. It might not increase your offer price too much, but it will make a pawn shop more willing to give you an offer because it is the total package. That makes it easy for them to sell.

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David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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