Vintage & Pre-Owned Piano Sales

Conder's Piano Service usually has a small selection of

high quality vintage and pre-owned pianos for sale.

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Continue to scroll to view photos of a few of the pianos we have available.  Selection may vary. 

Please call us at (704) 537-9668  for a complete current description of our inventory or to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom.

Once we have acquired a piano, it is brought back to our shop and taken apart.  All  components are thoroughly cleaned and inspected.  Each part is reconditioned to durably and accurately perform its function or it is replaced.  Any scratches or other flaws in the cabinet are repaired and the finish is cleaned and polished, or the piano is completely refinished.  All the hardware is polished to look new or it is re-plated.  The piano is "voiced, regulated and tuned".  Each of our pianos have gone through this process.  That allows us to confidently offer our 10 year warranty!    

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All prices include delivery (within 50 miles), a follow up tuning, plus a 10 Year Warranty

         

1915 Knabe Grand Piano

 Meticulously Restored / Original Ebony and Ivory Keys

 Rich Rosewood Finish

$ 9,000.00

         

1933 Howard (by Baldwin) Baby Grand Piano

 Recently Restored / Original Ebony and Ivory Keys

 Light Mahogany Finish

$ 5,000.00

Continue to scroll. More Grands are available under Brokerage and consignment near the end of this page.

The following pianos are available for Sale or Rental:

Due to limited showroom space we are

temporarily reducing prices on the following pianos!

      

    Baldwin Console Piano

Oak Finish

was $ 1,900.00 now $1,600.00

 

       

 Kawai Console Piano

 Walnut Finish

was $ 1,700.00 now $1,400.00

     

    Baldwin Accrosonic Consolet Piano

Walnut Finish

was $ 1,600.00 now $1,400.00

     

 Whitney Console Piano

Dark Walnut Finish

was $ 1,500.00 now $1,200.00

     

    Wurlitzer Spinet Piano

Cherry Finish

was $ 1,400.00 now $1,200.00

   

Baldwin Accrosonic  Spinet Piano

Maple Finish / New Keys

Was $ 1,300.00 now $1,000.00

     

    Kimball Studio Upright Piano

Cherry Finish

was $ 1,200.00 now $1,000.00

     

    Wurlitzer Spinet Piano

Walnut Finish

was $ 1,000.00 now $800.00

  We always shop carefully and often travel hundreds of miles to find the highest quality, well maintained pianos.  Our restorations are painstakingly executed with the utmost craftsmanship.  Details of our process are available at “Piano Restoration & Refinishing"

The following are pianos that we have available through Consignment.

  These pianos are sold "as is" and are not subject to our warranty.

All prices include delivery within 50 miles of our shop.

None at this time

We also offer pianos that are available through brokerage.

  These pianos are not located at Conder’s Piano Service.   However, we can schedule appointments to view the pianos on site.  Please call for more details.  These pianos are available “as-is” and delivery is not included.  These pianos are not subject to our Warranty.

None at this time

FREE PIANOS

As a piano technician, over the last 30 years I have witnessed a trend in shopping for pianos.  Parents of young children want to expose them to the piano.  They are always trying to expand their child’s horizons by putting every opportunity possible in front of them.  This always proves to be a very expensive undertaking. 

 Often, by the time the quest for a piano begins, (usually between age 3 and 6), the parents are on a tight budget.  The usual thought process is:  “I don’t know if my child will remain dedicated to lessons or practice, or ever learn to play at all.  So, I want to find the least expensive option available to me.” 

This is a reasonable approach.  However, it is important to understand that, when it comes to pianos, “free” is not always a good deal.  If a piano doesn’t not perform at an acceptable level, it can be a huge obstacle to anyone learning to play.  The notes must all function mechanically, the regulation (“touch”) should be reasonably consistent, and the tuning should be “close” at the very least!  Anything short of that, and your child will have so many difficulties with the piano that their ability to learn will be greatly impaired.  Imagine trying to learn to drive in a piece-of-junk car that barely runs, with bad steering, bad breaks, worn out transmission, and so on.

In the early 20th century, the piano was incredibly popular, existing in almost any home that could afford to have one.  Consequently, there are an enormous number of pianos from this era still around.  Most pianos built at that time have life spans on major components of about 75 years at best.  Unfortunately, most of these pianos were built about 100 years ago.  The most popular pianos were the vertical pianos, or “uprights”.  Today, these pianos almost always will require major rebuilding, costing thousands of dollars, to be usable at a minimum level,  For one of these pianos to reach the performance level it had as a new piano (though often much better than today’s new pianos), the restoration costs could exceed $10,000.00!  In today’s market, we have found, a fully restored upright piano seldom will bring more than $3,000.00.

The exceptions to the rule are grand pianos (not “upright grands” or “square grands”.)  From baby grands to concert grands, once restored, the marketable value of the grand piano usually exceeds the cost of restoration.

So, let’s get back to our bargain-hunting, yet child-nurturing parents.  I often get the call “I’m so excited!  Someone is giving us a piano!  It’s a big and heavy upright and doesn’t look that good, but, hey, it’s FREE!”

Their first requirement from me is to move the piano to their home ($250.00).  After my much-repeated, skeptical explanation: (“If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is…”), I reluctantly move the piano.  (I often object to the point that my potential customer seems to act insulted and sometimes, even angry.  At that point, I just shut up and do as they request.) 

The next question I always hear is “What is the least I can spend to get those broken notes working and make it sound better?”  I’m usually forced to start the path to depression and disappointment by saying something like “First we have to repair those rollers and the loose toe brace, so the piano doesn’t tip over and kill someone ($200.00).  Then I can repair the broken notes and try to get it in tune ($300.00).

If you are keeping tabs, you’ll notice that this “free” piano has now cost $750.00.

Sometimes I never hear from these people again.  Seldom is the case that the $750.00 investment has resulted in their child continuing the pursuit of the piano and is using this instrument.  More likely, they did not stick with the pursuit largely due to the limitation and difficulty of use of a sub-standard piano.  I fear, that in a lot of cases, the $750.00 paid to me (for which I’ve worked very hard) is resented because the piano never performed to inflated expectations.

Another common scenario is:  I receive a call a few months later to come tune and repair the piano again.  I am asked, “Why won’t it hold tuning?” Because it needs new strings and pin block and soundboard repairs ($3,000.00).  The action also needs to be rebuilt, as well (another $2,000.00).  When I extend this reply, I can usually see the situation start to sink in, and, though I’ve always tried to inform people that the upright is not worth the investment to repair, it is at this point that I usually see the frustration and heartbreak in the eyes of my customer.  The old upright, often scratched and scarred, now sits unusable in their home:  the literal 800-pound gorilla in the room”.

So they are forced to get rid of it.  They often first try to run a small ad in the classifieds ($100.00), offering the piano “cheap”.  At that point, they usually realize how they were able to get the piano for FREE.  They then try to donate the piano.  However, almost no one takes them anymore.  Both of the previously mentioned options unfortunately start this heartbreaking process over for the next “victim” of this piano.  Often, after months of trying to “unload” the piano, I receive the call asking “What can YOU do to get rid of this piano?”  I can only offer the popular service we provide of moving the piano out ($250.00) and delivering it to the landfill (they charge $50.00). 

If you are still keeping tabs, this FREE piano has cost the bargain hunter $1,150.00 and they have nothing to show for it, except the four distinct dents in their floor where the behemoth once sat.

Even though working on pianos is how I make my modest living, I am pleading with anyone who will take the time to listen:  PLEASE do not pay me the $1,150.00!  Many other options are available to you that can accomplish your desires at much less expense.    Please take a few minutes, before you acquire ANY piano, and read the information at  A Guide To Piano Shopping

Also, if you find yourself in possession of a large, old, upright piano that “needs work”, please don’t give it away to anyone to whom it has no sentimental value.  Please just bite the bullet and put the piano out of it’s misery by taking it to your local recycle center with 3 or 4 strong guys using a truck or a trailer.  Please go to “Piano Moving & Moving Suggestions” before attempting this, or hire a professional to dispose of it. 

I’ve seen how emotional it can be to see the old family piano tossed in the trash, but for the sake of the next loving, nurturing parent out there, let’s bring this all-too-common nightmare scenario to an end!

-Rick Conder

Upon request, we can keep you aware of pianos as we acquire them, (before any repairs have been made or restoration has been performed.)      As many others do, you may wish to purchase a piano before the process.  This can be a less expensive option and, though it could require patience on your part through the restoration process (sometimes several months), you can inject your personal desires and requirements into every aspect of the finished piano.  Or, if you wish, you may chose to take the piano "as is", just as we acquired it.  If you make us aware of any specifics that you may be looking for, we can keep them in mind as we continue our quest to acquire only quality, well-maintained pianos.   By the time our pianos are posted on this website, all of the previously mentioned decisions have already been made.  

 

The Advantage of Vintage Pianos

Pianos from the 1940's and before are made from materials common from that time, such as hardwoods, leather, wool felt, ivory, and various metals. These materials have been proven to be durable over the centuries. In the late 1800's the technology and design of pianos reached its pinnacle. Since that time there have been no significant changes in the way pianos are made, with one exception: Quality. As the population has exploded and the economy has grown, demand has forced production to increase dramatically. A few piano manufacturers have accomplished this by increasing manpower to maintain quality control over the time-consuming craftsmanship that goes into building a quality musical instrument. Most of these few manufacturers have offset the cost of the additional manpower by using less expensive materials. Since materials like wood, metals, wool, etc. are naturally occurring, as demand has exceeded supply, costs of quality materials have skyrocketed. Consequently, only a few manufacturers still produce a piano as good as pianos from fifty to a hundred years ago. These pianos are very expensive, costing anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 or more. Even these pianos are limited in the materials that may be used. Materials such as ivory and the wood with the most beautiful grain from trees that are 400 to 800 years old are no longer available. Trees that used to be harvested from the rainforest such as mahogany and rosewood are more scarce due to limits being placed on imports of such items. Governmental environmental controls have banned the use of these beautiful and character-filled materials.

The less expensive pianos that are available today are prime examples of cost efficiency. Cheaper materials such as plastics, particle-pressed wood board, aluminum, etc. are used. Construction is rushed and quality control is sacrificed. Some manufacturers even have highly-paid engineers who focus their efforts to design the products to break down or wear out within a shorter period of time, in order to ensure more sales a few years down the road. Inexpensive pianos are simply not made to become family heirlooms. This is not to say that all old pianos are better than all new pianos. However, if an old piano has been properly maintained throughout its life, it can be restored to perfect condition and would be as good or better than any piano you can buy new, at any price. Pianos of this quality can be wonderful sentimental heirlooms for your children and grandchildren.