Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad)
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
111 registered (Albunea, alwatson, augustm, 36251, accordeur, 34 invisible), 1892 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1238502 - 07/27/09 09:19 PM Never been tuned in 30 years?
BubbaBear Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/27/09
Posts: 4

I am considering buying a Mussette player from the original owner. She told me she does not ever recall having it tuned but that it works perfectly and sounds fine. I haven’t seen or heard it yet. My question is will it be difficult to tune and keep in tune now? Also is it likely to break a lot of strings when tuned the first time. Any other considerations I should consider on a piano that has not been tuned in so long. I believe it has been well cared for otherwise. Thank you.

Top
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1238624 - 07/28/09 02:02 AM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: BubbaBear]
me4dt Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/24/08
Posts: 20
These can only be determined after you see it in person.

If you are not sure what to look or how to evaluate, hire a piano tech.

Top
#1238746 - 07/28/09 09:19 AM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: me4dt]
BubbaBear Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/27/09
Posts: 4
That will certainly be done at some point. I am just trying to determine if the 30 years of no tuning should be a deal breaker from the start and if it is a given that such a piano is destined to give serious problems such as breaking strings and being hard to tune.

Top
#1238759 - 07/28/09 09:45 AM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: BubbaBear]
UnrightTooner Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 5355
Loc: Bradford County, PA
BB:

Here is a piano that has not been serviced in 30 years or more and the owner says it works and sounds fine. It may sound fine to the owner, it probably will not to you. You will not be able to tell if it sounds good to you until after it is tuned. So it should be tuned, and inspected, before you buy it. Even though it seems like a good deal, you should have it gone over by a tuner before you decide to buy. After 30 years, it will need another tuning before long anyway. No one here can tell you the condition of the piano.
_________________________
Jeff Deutschle
Part-Time Tuner
Who taught the first chicken how to peck?

Top
(ad 568)
PTG Journal Online
PTG Journal Online
#1238838 - 07/28/09 11:43 AM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: UnrightTooner]
daniokeeper Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 1257
Loc: PA
The piano may need more than just tuning. If the player mechanism was used frequently, the hammers and action could be quite worn and out of adjustment.

You'll want someone who can evaluate the condition of the player mechanism as well.

Try to hire a tech that knows players.

If there aren't any in your area, this is also worth knowing before you make the deal.
_________________________
Joe Gumbosky
Piano Tuning & Repair
www.tinyurl.com/tunerjoe
(semi-retired)

Top
#1238855 - 07/28/09 12:10 PM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: daniokeeper]
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 24153
Loc: Oakland
If you are interested in the piano, you should go see it. Then ask your questions.

Looking at a piano for yourself is a learning experience in itself, and if you find that you really do not like it, then you will not waste any more of anyone else's time, include ours.
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top
#1238868 - 07/28/09 12:37 PM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: BDB]
daniokeeper Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 1257
Loc: PA
I've posted on this before, but it probably bears repeating...

When you go see it, have the owner thoroughly demonstrate the player mechanism to you first. If there is a defect, you do not want to be in the position of proving that you did not cause it... trying to prove a negative. If the owner flat-out refuses to demonstrate it, you might want to just leave without even touching the piano... depending on the "vibe" you get.

If there is a transposing mechanism or a tracker bar alignment mechanism on any older player, have the owner demonstrate it. On an older player, the tracker bar tubing can become brittle, yet still work. When the tracker bar moves, it can shatter brittle tubing. You don't want to hear the words, "It worked just fine until you touched it!" And the thing is, the owner legitimately may not understand what actually happened.

I'm not trying to alarm you; I just don't want you to step on any landmines.


Edited by daniokeeper (07/28/09 12:50 PM)
_________________________
Joe Gumbosky
Piano Tuning & Repair
www.tinyurl.com/tunerjoe
(semi-retired)

Top
#1238873 - 07/28/09 12:48 PM Re: Never been tuned in 30 years? [Re: daniokeeper]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 4263
Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada

Well, an instrument that has not been tuned for 30 years and the owner has an expectation to "sell it"??

I think any purchase price is out of the question, quite frankly...
_________________________
Dan Silverwood
www.silverwoodpianos.com
http://silverwoodpianos.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/SilverwoodPianosDotCom
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Piano Summit 2017 - Join Us!
along with Chick Corea, Jonathan Cain,Set Rudetsky, Ray Chew, Onree Gill ...
-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

-------------------
Piano Classified Ads
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Ad
Let Your Piano Sing
Let Your Piano Sing
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Aural Tuning - fork in teeth?
by Tom Delmonte
10/01/16 05:05 PM
An alternative to headphones OR silent system!
by peterws
10/01/16 04:38 PM
Damper Spoon Removal?
by Ruis
10/01/16 03:03 PM
How does your Kawai CS8 sound to you?
by ADWyatt
10/01/16 01:52 PM
61 key keyboard just for fun
by dat77
10/01/16 01:51 PM
Forum Stats
85,133 Registered Members
44 Forums
175,466 Topics
2,559,536 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission