General advice on Piano and Keyboard insurance:
We understand there is a great deal of difference in specifications of pianos and keyboards and regardless of the level you play at or the style you prefer – a small Casio or a Steinway Concert Grand that has been handed down through generations, it is a substantial investment, both financially and emotionally. But now you own your instrument how do you protect that investment? How do you choose the right insurance cover and just as importantly who do you trust to work with you when something goes wrong? This is where we hope you will find our experience on this subject useful:
Could I use our household insurance provider?
Possibly, but consider….
Will they cover a high value piano or are there limitations to single-item values?
Will they allow your keyboard to be taken out of your home without imposing special terms or making additional charges?
Will they understand an instrument is not an item of furniture and can’t be replaced as simply as choosing another out of a catalogue and that repair needs to be done by specialists or the manufacturer?
If they allow you to transport your keyboard, will they provide unattended vehicle cover for those situations when you need to leave it unattended in a car? For instance, at a petrol station or when you need to check in at venue before you can unload?
Will your keyboard be covered if you need to leave it unattended overnight at a venue or between rehearsal and performance?
If you are taking your keyboard to a School or University and need to leave it there, will you still be covered?
Will you be able to speak to someone who understands your needs, or will you be calling an impersonal call centre and ‘be taken through the process’?
When making a claim will they:
Pay for your instrument to be transported to/from the repairer?
Fund a loan replacement whilst your instrument can not be played?
Insist your instrument is repaired using their network of approved repairers or will you be free to choose who repairs your Harp?
Why choose specialist insurance for your harp with Jack Hayward?
We were established nearly 40 years ago (1983) by two professional musicians simply because musical instrument insurers did not understand the needs of musicians. Where cover was available policies were inflexible and expensive with little regard to factors like a musical Instrument is how a musician may earn a living and leaving them without an instrument for months on end is simply not appropriate. In contrast our Policies were designed by musicians for musicians, and our policies have kept pace with the changing needs over the years. For example, whilst we cover all musical instruments, we recognise that electronic accessories are now frequently used alongside, so that iPad/Android device/Laptop that you use to display sheet music, or play a backing track can be insured alongside your musical instrument.
Our Policies Include:
Cover for your piano or keyboard just in your home, or optionally across the UK & Ireland, all Europe and Worldwide if it is portable. We even have options if you loan your instrument(s) commercially or are part of a school/college or university.
Cover for you and your immediate family members to use your instrument within the cover limits, with no penalty
Cover if your piano or keyboard is stolen
Cover if your piano or keyboard is accidentally damaged.
Cover if you need to leave your keyboard temporarily in an unattended vehicle[*]
Cover if you wish to loan your keyboard to a friend or colleague provided it is not for commercial gain[**]
Cover if you need to leave your keyboard unattended at a venue between a rehearsal and performance
Cover at a venue where a piano permanently resides
We include £1m Public Liability cover free of charge, with an option for larger values if needed
We allow one small change to your policy each year FREE. This could be to add up to £2,000 worth of instruments, or if you wanted to take your keyboard out of the country for a short period and you only have UK & Ireland cover2.
If you need to make a claim
We reimburse the costs to transport your keyboard or piano to/from a repairer
We fund a replacement loan instrument whilst yours is being repaired
We pay for the repair or replacement of your piano or keyboard less our £15 policy excess2
If your instrument is written off, our policies provide New for Old cover *
We work with and support you though the whole claims process.
We do not use a network of repairers, allowing you to choose who you trust to repair your instrument (this includes the manufacturer). All we ask is that two quotes are submitted to ensure competitive behaviour from the repairers (but you chose the two repairers)
We are happy to pay the repairer directly thereby avoiding the need for you to pay and then reclaim from us.
When you call in to advise us of a claim, we even complete the claim form for you based on what you tell us.
What is more, you can insure all your instruments (from an Accordion to a Zurna), on a single policy and enjoy the same benefits. We can be contacted on 0118 384 2025 Monday to Friday 10am - 6:30pm To help compare our policies against other providers, we have followed the FCA guidance on producing an Insurance Product Information Document (IPID) anyone you consider using to insure your instrument should be able to provide their version of this document. [*] Where cover is provided outside your home