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#1191424 - 05/01/09 06:41 PM help me decide.....trayber piano
galina Offline
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Registered: 04/30/09
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I am interested in buying an old upright Trayber (chicago) piano. Does anyone know about the initial quality of this make? Also looking at a Starr and a Walworth, but the Trayber has my heart. I play classical and do not want a saloon sounding piano...you know what I mean. I am doing this long distance so cannot play to decide. All 3 are under $200 so it is not that big of a gamble. I know, I'm crazy, but any comments are appreciated. Thanks much

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#1191437 - 05/01/09 07:30 PM Re: help me decide.....trayber piano [Re: galina]
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When you are dealing with old pianos, condition matters more than anything else, and unfortunately, it is impossible to evaluate condition without seeing the instrument. You really should not buy any piano without trying it.
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#1191840 - 05/02/09 02:40 PM Re: help me decide.....trayber piano [Re: BDB]
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If you play, and play classical music, no $200 old upright is going to be satisfactory. Likely not tunable to current concert pitch. Likely will not hold a tune at a relative pitch with itself. Likely will have a very tubby bass response like dull thuds. Key action will likely not be regular and likely not regulateable. Please do not buy a piano long distance!
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#1191860 - 05/02/09 03:06 PM Re: help me decide.....trayber piano [Re: Marty Flinn]
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Galina, if you read back on this forum as little as a week or two, you would find at least two or three similar stories and how they blew up in the person's face.

To review: get the books and do the research about instruments and the market first; play the piano yourself, in person (no substitutions are permissible); and have a qualified technician evaluate it for its condition, with a cost estimate for getting it playable, before you buy a piano--- let alone ship one.

These simple steps can help the fever go down... and if they don't, once you find out how much piano maintenance and lessons cost (and how much of your time they will take), maybe you'll cool off a bit more. If that still fails, get a quote from a hauler for taking an old junk piano to the dump--- I think you'll find that alone will cost more than this elderly, Brand X instrument.

Could you persuade your heart it likes something else after all--- something that would be better for it? A lot of us have had to do it with trans-fats and ended up none the worse.
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#1191898 - 05/02/09 03:51 PM Re: help me decide.....trayber piano [Re: Jeff Clef]
galina Offline
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Thank you all for your advise...I will wait and of course have a technician have a good look at anything I will buy. Just wondered if anyone knew about the 3 makers I mentioned. Must breathe, must breathe......

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#1198738 - 05/13/09 08:41 PM Re: help me decide.....trayber piano [Re: galina]
galina Offline
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Registered: 04/30/09
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I am still looking for someone with any information about the history or quality of the Tryber upright piano (Chicago). Someone out there must have one or have serviced one. Please respond if so. Thanks all.
Galina

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