Tips for Photographing your Vertical Piano
-- The full shot: Try to get the entire instrument and bench
in the picture from a 45 degree angle, as shown, with the key cover
open. This will give us the opportunity to see both the front and
any design work on the side of the cabinet.
Picture #2 -- The full shot from the other side:
same idea here, only we would like to see the other side and see it
with the key cover closed.
Picture #3 -- Full shot of the hammer line:
We're looking for the continuity and alignment of the hammers ("the
things that hit the strings") so please capture as many hammers in the
picture as possible.
Picture #4 -- Close up of the tuning pins:
The closer you can get to a section of tuning pins (say, one third of
the total number of the piano's tuning pins), the better. Clarity
is important here, as we are looking to be able to see important detail
work. Hopefully you can do better than we did in this
Picture #5 -- Front panel removed: Yes, this
might require a little extra work in removing that front panel (some
are easier than others), but if you can get this picture it would be
Picture #6 -- Bottom panel removed: Same
here. The bottom panel may actually be a little easier to
remove. There are usually two clips at the top of the panel (all
the way on the left and right) that secure the panel. Releasing
them usually releases the board so you can tilt it forward and remove
it. We're looking for cracks in the bridges and in the
soundboard, so any visual evidence you see of either would be important
Picture #7 -- Back of piano: We're looking
for cracks in the soundboard here. Again, please share any
evidence of this that you may find, whether or not it is visible in the
Please submit all images in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also be sure to fill out our "selling our piano" form!