Used Pianos

Used Pianos

Roby's has used pianos available from trade-ins and private purchases. The listings below are completed (or short lead time) pianos available soon. We also have used stock for major rebuilding we could prepare for future delivery. Usual terms are shop tuned, and delivered within a 1-hour radius from our shop. We need a helper to unload. Benches are sometimes included as noted. Some used benches as well as new benches are in stock.

Our pianos are usually "reconditioned and regulated". That means we take them apart and clean them, then make necessary repairs to the original parts, and mechanically adjust them for correct operation. Most pianos bought on private sale have had little more than tuning for many many years. This results in inconsistent performance from note to note, notes that do not work, clicks and rattles, poor tone, poor control, and no power. Reconditioning and regulation restores the mechanical performance to the best possible for the given piano. Frequently we have to make soundboard and bridge repairs to correct problems with tone distortion and rattles. Sometimes pianos have loose tuning pins which must be addressed.

Sometimes we sell pianos "used and as-is". These pianos are serviceable as starter instruments, but for various reasons we choose not to make further investments in the piano.

Sorry, Roby's does not sell "gray market" used pianos. "Gray market" pianos are pianos designed for and sold in other countries, frequently Asian countries, where the humidity is much higher and does not vary with the seasons as it does here in New England. Then as used instruments they are imported into the US market where in New England they experience large seasonal swings in humidity. Often the manufacturers cannot offer parts and/or do not want to hear about problems in pianos not designed and manufactured for our variable northern climate.