Are pianos worth scrapping?

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Is it possible to scrap an old piano and make some money at it? Yes, it is very much possible but the value of a piano varies widely according to many different situations; they decide whether it is worth scrapping.

So, grab your coffee and we grab ours and find out whether the pianos are worth scrapping.

Are Piano Worth Scrapping?

There is a consensus that you make some money at it. But it isn’t easy if it is your first time and you don’t know anything about the components of the piano. It is important for you to perceive what actually determines piano value. Once you understand that it becomes immensely easy to have a profit even from an antique piano which is at least 100 years old.

What Is Piano?

We all know, it is a musical instrument. 

What if we say it is a machine?

Believe it or not, it has a total of 12,000 individual parts supporting six functional features. All of them work together to create beautiful sounds that are pleasing to our ears.

In our opinion, the biggest flaw in teaching piano is the lack of education regarding the components of it. We learn how to learn and play beautiful sounds but we don’t have any knowledge regarding what is inside this terrific musical instrument.

Today, we are going to talk about parts in the piano which can be scrapped. Let’s take a look at them and try to comprehend what is so important about them.

The Keyboard

This is the most obvious part of a piano, but can we scrap it and sell it for some profit?

It is possible to sell it but only with the keybed. The entire keybed with the black and white piano keys can be installed in some other model if it is in good working condition.

There are some companies that especially replace piano keybeds because the felts under the keys get worn, from time to time. For professional musicians, it is pertinent to change them often to have the desired sound. For that reason, the felts under your piano keys should also be working fine and provide a quieter and more even touch.

The Housing/Case

This is one of the largest components of a grand piano and can be scrapped and sold rather easily. Even a local manufacturer will pay a good price for that.

All 88-key pianos don’t have the housing which manufacturers desire.

They particularly look for a piano house with ‘Lid’. When a piano player opens the lid, it gives a louder and more resonant sound.

The only issue is if you are planning to scrap an old piano it would be immensely tough to get the condition of a lid. Since, even if the lid is working perfectly fine and the overall housing is rather great too, any minor issue in the keybed will destroy the whole quality of the sound. 

We recommend contacting a local piano technician first before removing the housing/lid. He is the one who can decide whether it is worth something.

In case you have an upright piano, which also has a lid sometimes, it won’t hand you the benefit you are looking for. Its lid does less for the tonal resonance due to its compact size.

Hammer & Strings

These parts of a piano actually produce the sound.

This is where the musical magic happens!

Hammers and strings are locating in the housing under the lid. Sadly, it is not so straightforward to remove them either. It is because they are attached to the felt. Only a professional manufacturer who knows all the highs and lows of the piano can remove them with the right tools. Removing them on your own can damage the felt and affect the overall sound.

Besides, if even one key is broken, it means you have destroyed the functionality of the keybed too. No one would be interested in buying the keybed with a faulty key.

Allow us to give you another example and show you why it is important to hire a professional technician for piano scrapping.

‘Each string of the piano is tightened and tuned for a specific note’.

It is highly possible the buyer will request to hear the sound before paying anything for the hammers and strings. If they sound notes impress him, he would like to opt for the whole package or pay the higher price for the hammers and strings only.

What If Your Piano Is Damaged & Doesn’t Work?

It is a very interesting question.

If this is the case and the piano and its notes are entirely damaged, we don’t think so it is worth scrapping. This is because there is not enough metal weight in a piano which you can sell or earn. People are interested mostly in its components to build a new piano or replace their own piano parts.

Therefore, pianos aren’t worth scrapping if you are looking for the metal only. But in case you find some metal in it and if you have an antique model, its value and price will go down by 50% if the metal is not clean or maintained well by the owner.

In reality, the thing you should look for is the quantity of copper and aluminum in the piano. Their value is a lot higher compared to steel.

Any component in your piano that has a copper or aluminum material can be sold fast and give you some good profits too.


The local piano manufacturers always assess the value of your piano. If it is in a ‘Mint’ condition (rebuilt and refinished), they would love to buy it whole or pay well for its components. Since it means the piano is in excellent condition both mechanically and aesthetically. 

On the other hand, if they call it a fair piano they mean that it has some mechanical defects, it won’t be won’t be worth scrapping.

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