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value of new strings & hammers
#624377 11/25/07 01:58 PM
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Can someone tell me approximately what replacing strings and hammers would add to the price of an old piano?


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It depends on the piano and how well it is done. I have seen too many jobs where the piano was worth a lot less after the work was done. frown


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I agree. Prices vary greatly, factors affecting them include quality of parts/workmanship, regional differences, and shop rates .

Essentially, a repair job breaks down into parts and labor components. What will you charge the client for the parts, how long will it take you to do the job, what is a reasonable renumeration, either by the hour or by the job?

I don't think this forum is a good place to discuss concrete dollar figures, for a number of reasons:
- There can be great variation among technicians across the continent
- Prices and costs change, but the archives stay accessible essentially forever or until the information highway freezes over...
- I can see consumers using something theyread here as a leverage tool against their local technician i.e. "I read on the internet that one technician was replaceing hammers for $150..."

If you need more guidance about pricing, I suggest an informal talk with your mentor as well as querries to local technicians, stores and piano workshops. This would give you information about your regional pricing scale.


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Regardless of the cost of replacing hammers and strings, the difference in selling price is much more subtle (looking at the original post, I'm not sure if you're buying or selling?).

For example, if you're comparing two cars to buy, how much more would you pay for new tires?

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Thanks, guys. Jurgen, I hear what you're saying and will take your advice.


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