Appraisals by Carol Beigel, RPT
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Insurance claims.  I do thorough, onsite evaluations of pianos that have been damaged due to moisture, fire, being dropped, etc. for both insurance companies and/or their clients.  I prepare written reports of the damage I find, give repair estimates, and give an opinion regarding repair or replacement values and costs.

Buying a new or used piano.  I will inspect an instrument on site to evaluate its condition and give an opinion as to whether or not I believe the "deal" to be a fair value.  Rather than travel with a client to "look at pianos", I prefer that an instrument has already been chosen because its appearance, tone, playability, and price have been found acceptable to the purchaser.  Should repairs be needed, I will also give an estimate.  I have prepared three documents posted on this website to assist potential buyers:  Advice on Buying a New Piano, Thoughts on Buying a Used Piano, and Advice on Buying a New or Used DisklavierThese articles sum up all the advice I would give you to improve your chances that the instrument purchase meets both your expectations and your needs.

Piano Values.  I do not offer to assign a specific monetary value to an instrument as that is ultimately determined by market forces; i.e. how soon the piano is to be sold, similar offerings for sale, or consumer demand for like size, style, color, brand or price range.  The true cash value of a piano is what it can sell for when you want to sell it.  Usually retail stores will pay less for used instruments than the general public.  Only in cases where a very new piano needs to be replaced does the current retail price determine its value.  I will, however, offer my personal opinion as to a ballpark value.

Selling or trading in your piano.  A good way to get a feel for market prices is to read the classified ads in the newspaper, and check prices of similar pianos in retail stores.  You can always call a piano dealer and ask what they will pay, although this will probably be the lowest price you can get.  If you plan to replace your piano with a new one, you can often negotiate an excellent trade-in price.  Piano salespeople are often limited in negotiating a sales price, but trade-ins don't always affect their commissions.  If you sell your piano, always advertise that you will pay for delivery, or negotiate at least a certain amount towards professional piano movers, so you will have recourse should damage occur or injury result while it is being removed from your home.

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