Just about every family has an old dinosaur in the house probably up in the attic somewhere. Before you start making jokes, let me be clear that I'm not talking about one of your relatives. Just about every family has an old instrument in the home. Maybe you had a great grandfather in World War II who would play a piano, or maybe something has been passed down from generation to generation and now it's fate rests in your hands. Should you sell it? Before making any fast decisions, it's important to concider it's worth now compared to it's worth later in the future; not to fail to mention there are a few things you must known before selling your instrument if you decide to do so.
Before I continue, I'd like to warn you that if your antique means anything at all to you, you should stay far away from yardsale sites such as eBay and Craigslist. While this might be the most common way to sell your product, buyers on these sites are mainly interested to find something for nothing. Since so many things on Criagslist go up to just be given away, many people believe everything on the site should be given away and for free.
One of the first questions from a sellers mouth is, "John Jesensky, How much do you think it's worth?" and then followed by, "Do you think I should get it restored?" Restoring your antique instrument could be a very good thing in the matter of selling your possessions, but let me tell you something not everyone seems to understand.
When people talk about something being restored, it makes a reference to being professionally restored internally and externally as well as being rebuilt. The majority of people believe the term "restoring" has to do with touching up the body of the instrument to look good as new with some internal cleaning. The sad truth is that a finishing job that isn't done professionally may hurt how valuable the instrument is. Think of it as someone doing a paint job on a car without the right paint and skills. Would you buy that?