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#1164487 - 03/18/09 07:14 AM When a piano hasn't been played in 7 years? Issues
Randy Smith Offline
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Registered: 06/29/08
Posts: 60
Hi, I am considering the purchase of a 1991 Yamaha U-1 that hasn't been played in about 7 years. It's a private sale (2500) and I am wondering if the piano was otherwise kept in good condition (pics look great) will there likely be a large tuning adjusting etc expense because of it not being played?? I will take a tech I think, but it is an hour drive to see and I just wanted to get a sense. Thanks so much

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#1164608 - 03/18/09 12:24 PM Re: When a piano hasn't been played in 7 years? Issues [Re: Randy Smith]
Dale Fox Offline
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Registered: 10/17/04
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Loc: Nor California Sacramento area
It will likely need a pitch raise as well as a little more frequent tuning schedule until it settles down. Plan on tuning it a couple weeks after arrival and then again in three months. A tech can tell you more after that. Nothing unusual and nothing scary. Most likely it will need a bit of touch up to the regulation as well.
Dale Fox
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#1164640 - 03/18/09 01:35 PM Re: When a piano hasn't been played in 7 years? Issues [Re: Dale Fox]
Randy Smith Offline
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Thanks so much for the information!
I'm familiar with the cost of tunings, but is a touch up of the regulation expensive?

#1164983 - 03/18/09 10:55 PM Re: When a piano hasn't been played in 7 years? Issues [Re: Randy Smith]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
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Depends on how extensive it is.
Jerry Groot RPT
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

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#1165225 - 03/19/09 11:33 AM Re: When a piano hasn't been played in 7 years? Issues [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
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Registered: 01/13/09
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I would also say that finding out the environmental conditions of where it was kept in storage during that time will help you understand its condition also. Uncontrolled humidity, etc...

#1166593 - 03/21/09 10:18 PM Re: When a piano hasn't been played in 7 years? Issues [Re: Yamaha06]
showard Offline
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Registered: 05/10/05
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Loc: Hortonville, Wisconsin
The condition will largely depend on the environment it's been kept in during those 7 years. Taking a tech with to evaluate the condition is money well spent. They will be able to determine the condition of the tuning pin torque as well as other structural conditions. You are probably already aware that the U1 is a very solid good sounding piano. And for this price, it is a good buy, if the condition of the piano is good.
Steve Howard
Piano Technician
Owner of Howard Piano Industries


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