What to do with an old piano?

Got an old piano that’s taking up too much room in your home or at your venue?

Instead of throwing it away, use the opportunity to get creative and find ways to repurpose it.

Get inspired and start making plans for your old piano today!

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Dealing with old pianos always has been and continues to be an issue for piano owners, ever since the invention of the piano.

The challenge lies in finding a reputable service provider that understands the unique needs of older pianos, as well as being able to source replacement parts and materials that are specific to this type of instrument.

Additionally, an experienced technician is necessary in order to properly and safely repair the instrument. It is often difficult to find skilled technicians who are knowledgeable in all aspects of piano care, making it challenging to ensure your older instrument will be treated with the utmost respect and attention it deserves.

Despite the difficulties involved with caring for vintage pianos, these instruments can provide years of enjoyment if maintained appropriately.

Despite the difficulties involved with caring for vintage pianos, these instruments can provide years of enjoyment if maintained appropriately. However, sometimes this is just not an option and donating or repurposing an old pianoto a charity or museum may be the best choice.

Restore or repair it

If the piano is in relatively good condition but simply needs some repairs or maintenance, it may be worth considering having it restored or repaired. This can include tuning, restringing, repairing keys, and refinishing the exterior.

The cost of restoration can vary depending on the condition of the piano and the extent of the repairs needed, but it can be a significant investment. However, if the piano holds sentimental value, has historical significance, or is a valuable instrument, it may be worth the investment to bring it back to life.

Donating the piano to a school, church, or community center can be a great way to give the piano a new life while also supporting a good cause. If you are doubtful on how to donate a piano, many organizations are in need of pianos for music programs and would be grateful for a donation.

Before donating, be sure to check with the organization to see if they can accept a piano donation and if they have the means to transport it. You can also consider offering to pay for transportation or delivery costs. This can also be a tax-deductible donation.

Sell it

If the piano is in poor condition and cannot be repaired or restored, it may be time to part ways with it. One option is to sell it for parts or scrap. All parts that make up how a piano works, such as the hammers, strings, and pedals, can be used in other pianos or in other instruments.

Recycle it

Another option is to have it recycled. Many piano manufacturers have recycling programs in place and will take old pianos off your hands. This is a more environmentally friendly option and can also help to keep landfills clear of bulky items.

Store it

If you don’t want to part ways with your piano, but don’t have space for it, you can consider keeping it in a storage unit. This can be a great option if you are planning to move or if you want to keep the piano for future use, but don’t have the space to keep it in your home.

Use it as decoration

If you have a unique or antique piano, you can consider displaying it as a decorative piece in your home. This can add character and charm to a room, and it can also serve as a conversation piece for guests.

It’s important to note that displaying a piano in this way may not be suitable for all pianos, and it should be done with the understanding that the piano will not be played and that it will be protected from damage.

Rent it out

Another option would be renting it out for events such as concerts, parties and photo shoots. This can bring you some extra money and also allow the piano to be played by musicians and appreciated by many.


In conclusion, there are many options available for what to do with an old piano, and the best choice will depend on the condition of the piano, your sentimental attachment to it, and your budget. Whether you choose to restore and repair it, donate it, sell it, recycle it, store it, or display it as a decorative piece, it’s important to consider all options carefully and make the decision that is right for you and your piano.

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