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Robert Lowrey Piano Experts began life as a piano servicing facility, and to this day remains your complete source for reconditioned and rebuilt pianos. The showrooms and warehouse always have a wide variety, from modestly priced apartment size pianos, to fabulous concert grands, as well as meticulously restored "art case" instruments, and "investment quality" grand and upright pianos. Robert Lowrey is described by Toronto Life Magazine as "Not only the best but also the largest piano restoration and service facility in North America". Visit today, and browse through the extensive showrooms, and tour the workshops to see these instruments in various stages of restoration, and meet the skilled cabinet makers, refinishers, voicing and registration specialists, and tuners - you'll likely even see an electronic player piano system being installed on an instrument!

Affordable Reconditioned Pianos

Robert Lowrey describes reconditioned pianos as "newer instruments", which in terms of the way pianos age, means they are almost new to about 40 years in age. Unlike the very old pianos Robert Lowrey occasionally restores, these newer pianos are far less expensive because they require far less work, and can frequently be brought to "as new" condition.

Each is screened prior to our acquiring them by Robert Lowrey, to ensure that they were well treated to begin with, and that they have aged normally. Robert Lowrey also performs the final appraisal which determines the exact job description for each piano. A general price range would be from the under $2,000 to approximately $5000. By purchasing a reconditioned piano you can sometimes pay less than you would for an entry level new piano, or enjoy the opportunity to purchase a superior model at a much lower price than it would be new. All reconditioned instruments are accompanied by Robert Lowrey's five-year parts and labour warranty, as well as a three year 70% buy back / trade in guarantee for pianos $5000 and under in value. Prices also include bench and delivery. The inventory of reconditioned instruments is constantly changing, and a wide variety of styles, wood-shades, and sizes are available.

Today it is very easy to get an older upright piano for little or no money, however it usually costs thousands, not hundreds of dollars, to make them into suitable musical instruments.

We send dozens of used pianos overseas to charities, in hopes that they may do some good; pianos we had to take on trade for new pianos, knowing that the cost of repairing them will exceed any possible selling price.

Pianos which do not hold a tune and play horribly because of a worn out mechanical system have discouraged thousands of beginners and wasted thousand of dollars in lessons.

If you go to the trouble of getting a used piano and the considerable expense of moving it to your home, only to discover that it has problems, you’ll be forced to get rid of it somehow or have the moral dilemma of foisting it off on another family, both of which can be avoided if you purchase your used piano from Robert Lowrey Piano Experts.

If piano buyers knew as much about pianos as they do about bicycles for instance, they would recognize right away, the flat tires, bent wheels, and loose handlebars on a bicycle that would put their child at risk, and opt to purchase a mechanically sound bike instead.

Robert Lowrey carefully selects the older pianos we recondition, ensuring they are mechanically sound and capable of holding a tune, so you can have confidence that the used piano you are purchasing is in stable condition. We invite you to tour our big bright piano workshops and enjoy learning as you see our technicians at work.

Note: Be particularly wary of "wet" pianos. There are many importers of containers of used Young Chang, Samick, Yamaha and Kawai grand and upright pianos from various parts of South East Asia. These pianos having spent all their life in a humid climate (we have seen a number with mold) do poorly in the extremes of Canadian weather. If a piano retailer has a large number of used pianos with these brand names, they are probably "wet" and the big problem is that it often takes a year or two before the problems begin to appear.