When buying a used piano from Dan the Piano Man you get a one year warranty on the piano (excluding digitals/electronic). You will also be purchasing a piano that has been inspected, cleaned, tuned and, if necessary, repaired. 

We stand behind our pianos to ensure you have years of quality performance.

If you decide to purchase a piano from a private party, keep in mind we offer the following services:

– Inspection of piano

– Moving

– Tuning and repair

– Cleaning

Used Piano Checklist

Quick reference to find the age is knowing make, model and serial number. By those pieces of information, you can find where the piano was made and the year it was made.
When purchasing a used piano there is going to be some red lights to look at:

  • Keys
    Looking at them, look to see if there is proper spacing between all, make sure none are lower than others (keys depressed)- could be a small problem, could be a big problem.

    With an upright- lift the lid. With a grand, look inside the “belly”

  • Tuning Pins
    Make sure they are all the same length and evenly spaced. Sometimes pins become loose, they will pound them in making them different lengths, with that the tuning pin block will become loose and become untune able- at the point of requiring a treatment- Pin tightening treatment. Or pin block restorer.
  • Hammers
    You want the hammers to be pretty soft. Really hard and grooved hammers make for hard playing. There is options of sanding them down to get a little more life- but typically with hard and grooved hammers they will need to be replaced.
  • Strings
    Should be shinny and bass strings should be thicker- coil looking. Rusty strings are not a great sign. Strings break with age, wear, and humidity.
  • Soundboards
    check for cracks- cracks happen with too much humidity and hot temperatures. They will make buzzing sounds. There are so many other bits and pieces inside the piano that can break, some wood, some plastic, and felt. All replaceable but at a cost.
  • Pedals
    Make sure all of the pedals work- there functions are for:
    • Right/ Sustain: Lifts every damper in the piano off the keys “letting the notes be held and keep vibrating”
    • Left/ Soft: shifts the action to play one or two notes instead of 3
    • Middle/ Sostento: sustain only certain notes (one that was pressed down when pedal was pushed).
    • On Uprights: actions isn’t actually shifted- but rather the pedal often called the “half blow pedal” hammers are moved closer to strings- creating softer sound


You box it. We move it.

We’re more than Spokane’s most trusted piano store. And we’re more than the Inland Northwest’s most reputable piano moving company. Dan the Piano Man is also a Household Goods Moving company!  Trust us to do the heavy lifting for your next move.
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Piano Moving

Our team of well trained, qualified movers is here to help with your piano moving needs. 

Tuning & Repairs

Keeping your piano tuned and maintained is essential to the enjoyment and sound quality you will get from your piano.


We are proud to offer our customers a variety of accessories for their pianos.


We offer a selection of pianos for rent, both short term and long term.

Piano Storage

We offer short and long term storage for your piano, art work or other specialty item.

Evaluations & Appraisals

We recommend evaluations if you are thinking of purchasing a piano from a private party or selling a piano yourself.

Lessons & Studio

We at Dan the Piano Man are fortunate to have TWO awesome music teachers!

Piano Buying Checklist

Not sure what kind of piano you should buy? Here are some basic guidelines.