Do people still buy 100 years old Piano?

The piano is a popular musical instrument that is known for its impressive sound and timeless beauty. The first piano was made by Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1700, and since then it has evolved to include a variety of different styles.


The piano was the first electronic musical instrument and it celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. In this blog, we’ll have a look at the interesting history of this instrument, from its first public use to its evolution.

Do people still buy upright pianos that are 100 years old?

Yes, people still buy upright pianos, even pianos one hundred years old… and older.

However, you have to understand that back in the late 1800s and early 1900, there were well over a hundred piano makers in the United States alone. And not all of them were great pianos.

Weber, Steinway, and a few others were of high quality and remain valuable, at least in the sense of playability and sound – if they are well maintained.

A number of other brands are also of good quality, enough to be worth purchase if they have been well maintained.

You may see no buyers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t being purchased. I don’t see many Ferrari buyers… but the company is still churning out cars, right?

Suffice it to say, not everyone can afford the space a baby, medium or full grand piano occupies. I have a 1910 Weber 7 foot 4 inches medium grand in my living room. It is an imposing sight when you first come into the house. But I have the room, so I can do this.

(I had an opportunity to buy a Steinway Model D at 9 feet, but it was too much for my space.)

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So, space is a consideration for a lot of people, so they buy the upright piano. They are also a lot easier to move than a grand piano. Here’s a pick of my Weber being delivered…

She’s a beast to move. Those four guys earned every penny that day… and my grateful thanks.

The 100 year old piano teacher continues to give lessons

  • Olive Haffner, a piano teacher from Moscow Mills, Missouri, was still teaching at the age of 100.
  • Be careful buying pianos that old. Unless they have been meticulously maintained your money might be better spent on another piano.
  • The soundboard can change shape over time and 100 years is a LONG time. Incidentally, pianos must be 100 years old to be called an antique. Unlike people!
  • What do the hammers look like? Rusted tuning pins? Bridge ok? Soundboard intact, free of cracks? How close is the piano to the standard pitch (A440)?
  • These are a few things to consider when purchasing a piano no matter its age.

How much is a 100 year old piano worth?

An antique piano is one that has been in constant service for at least 100 years. While it may be covered in dust and missing its string or two, it is still fit to yield magnificent tunes upon being played. The value of an old piano depends on the collectability of the brand name, the year it was produced, provenance, style, and design. Most antique, upright pianos are worth $500 or less in very good condition.

Can a 100 year old piano be tuned?

While turning an out of regulation piano, one could get frustrated with the fact that their old piano strings might snap. This can be unfortunate and dangerous all at once. The action feature found within the soundboard of the old upright pianos is made up of thousands of moving parts. It would be time-consuming and unnecessary to take apart an action that features heavily damaged parts or valves inside or if perhaps it’s in bad shape since it’s over 100 years old, one could always upgrade to a digital keyboard which you can put together in your lounge!

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