In the eras before radio and recordings, pianos were a middle-class must-have. They were the main source of a family’s music and entertainment. But, with the way of technology, this is no longer the case. Many families have pianos sitting around taking up space and collecting dust because getting rid of them is a real challenge. You simply don’t have the option of throwing it in the car and dropping it off at the local goodwill. If you’re undergoing a home improvement project, or simply decide your old piano doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore, here are a few of options to consider:

Pass it Down the Family Chain

Considered the most emotionally charged piece of furniture in a home, most people consider the piano a treasure. So, keeping it in the family may be the best option. Make a few calls to see if any of your nieces or nephews are musically inclined and keep it in the family.

Locate a Reputable Charity or Organization

There are some organizations that readily accept used musical instruments. Stop by your local church, nursing home or community thrift store to see if they accept old pianos. Post ads in the community, maybe a local restaurant or pub might want it for live music and open mic nights.

Turn to Social Media

Place an ad on Craigslist or Facebook’s Marketplace. Be aware that moving costs for a piano can be quite high (anywhere from $200 to $400), so listing the piano for free, or at a low cost, will increase possible takers.

And, as a Last Resort… The Dump

Unfortunately, not all old pianos can be saved from the landfill. Piano technicians say the average life span rarely exceeds 80 years. So, there are a lot of piano’s now reaching the end of the line. If your piano is past its prime and needs extensive repairs, you may have to call a disposal company to come and help.