Robert Estrin - piano expert

How to Get Rid of an Unwanted Piano

Practical tips to get rid of your unwanted piano

In this video, Robert gives you some tips to give away a piano that you don't want anymore.

Released on September 30, 2015

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Video Transcription

Hi, and welcome to and I am Robert Estrin. The question today is, what you do with a piano you don't want? You might just think that somebody would want it, but you'd be surprised how difficult it can be to get rid of a piano, particularly if the piano needs work, or maybe it's been painted some ghastly color, but maybe it sounds okay. And you think, well, you don't want to take this thing to the dump, do you? Sometimes, sadly the only thing you can do is trash the piano. I know that's a horrible thing to consider, but when you realize that rebuilding a piano costs thousands of dollars.

If you have an old upright that maybe only has a potential of being worth a thousand or a couple of thousand, it doesn't make much sense to put $8,000, $10,000 or $12,000 trying to restore it, does it? But let's say the piano has some life in it and you want to find a home for it. Well, some possibilities for you are auction houses, that's right, they may come and pick up the piano and then put it up for auction. You may even make a few dollars off of it, if you're lucky.

Another possibility is a wonderful website called, where they try to match people looking for free pianos, with people wanting to donate pianos. If you find a worthy not-for-profitable organization you may even be able to get a tax write-off for yourself. Of course, the first thing to try naturally is asking every one you know, friends, neighbors, maybe your school, club, organization, church, they might be interested in having a free piano. Who wouldn't, you'd think. Well, this is a great question and thanks for bringing them in. Once again, Robert Estrin at and
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Fulvia Bowerman * VSM MEMBER * on October 2, 2015 @10:13 am PST
Great timing for me. I am very seriously considering getting a Charles Walter upright with a 7/8 size keyboard and I have to find a good home for my beloved current Yamaha.
Robert - host, on October 2, 2015 @11:41 am PST
We are happy to help. Here is a webform you can fill out on your computer (not mobile device) for assistance:
Fulvia * VSM MEMBER * on October 8, 2015 @5:32 pm PST
Thank you, Robert. At the end, I think I will keep my current Yamaha, and get a new and better model for which I will order that 7/8 keyboard. I have the space to keep both. Just today I bought a 3-1/2 octaves Casio electronic keyboard which has the exact width of keys as the real keyboard I would be ordering for the piano. This "toy" will give me a chance to see if my fingers ... and my brain, can adapt to the narrower keys.
Bill McClellan * VSM MEMBER * on September 30, 2015 @6:22 am PST
I'm a senior citizen piano student who is serious about improving my piano playing of classical music and has the time to devote to it. Are there any hints you can give me about finding a teacher? I'm in the Washington, DC area.
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