Knowing what to look for
Expertise is an impartial aid to decision making, offering objective technical facts when an individual is considering issues outside of their own area of knowledge. Experts must be technicians with extensive knowledge of their craft, with excellent professional and legal understanding. An expert must appraise the technical condition, musical value and aesthetic properties of the instrument. They can certify as to the long term condition of the instrument and calculate the price of any work required. By engaging an expert when buying a used piano, you can rest easy in the knowledge that there will be no unpleasant surprises in terms of hidden faults or unplanned work required before the instrument can be used. It protects you from legal disputes and dishonest buyers. It establishes the market value, supported by a reasoned argument, when one individual is selling an instrument to another. Expertise provides evidence of the value of a piano for insurance providers.