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#1348634 - 01/13/10 02:18 PM Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please
msmcfad Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
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My children (8 and 10) are about to start lessons. Upon learning this, friends of my parents reminded them of the piano they wanted to sell us when we first moved into our house. These people had just downsized and it apparently doesn't fit well. They had heard our kids might take lessons and offered it to us. At the time my husband said no, he didn't want the extra expense, although it wasn't much.

Now the kids are starting and were supposed to start on a non-weighted keyboard (not my 1st choice). Enter piano offer again.

It's had one owner. Here is what he wrote vie email: I have the original sales contract on this piano. The model No. is 907W and the serial No. is 834152. It's make and description is "Baldwin Acrosonic Piano."
It is not a spinet. The dimensions are: Height 41 inches; width or depth 25 inches; length 57.5 inches. This piano was serviced on a regular basis for the first 20 years of its life and on an occasional basis up until about 10 years ago. Its pads were replaced during the 90's. My daughter played it last year and reported it a little out of tune. We never encountered any difficulty with getting this piano serviced. It has always been moved by professional movers and that is an expense, but quite variable in my experience so it pays to shop around for best price on moving. That's partly why I have it priced at $300. Any less, and I will either keep it or eventually donate it to a church or school. It is a nice looking piece of furniture. It was used regularly by my daughter for about 20 years and has been essentially idle since then. She obtained a master's degree in piano pedagogy and moved away, leaving the piano with us.

Are there any red flags here? Any reason for me *not* to consider this piano at this price? I can tell you that I will not be able to convince my husband (non musical) to purchase a much more expensive piano at this time but we will be able to upgrade in a couple of years if and when the need arises.

Thank you for any help,

Susan

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#1348639 - 01/13/10 02:29 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: msmcfad]
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Loc: Tennessee, USA
Sounds like a good deal to me.
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#1348656 - 01/13/10 02:47 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: HappyApple]
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I agree, and I don't think you'll find a better piano for the money. Acrosonics are very good for their size. Here's a video of a guy playing a 1942 Acrosonic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGh0aXD2_bE

The pop song "Do You Like Pina Coladas?" from the 80's was recorded by Rupert Holmes on an Acrosonic. I'm not sure if that's a positive or a negative!
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#1348679 - 01/13/10 03:16 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: Larry Larson]
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Registered: 05/11/09
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Loc: Long Beach, CA
I, like the previous responders, am partial to Baldwins (my first piano was an Acrosonic console), but even so I think it sounds like a good deal, especially since it's a console model and not a spinet. Do you have a piano tuner/technician yet? If not, perhaps your children's teacher could recommend one, or you can check the ads here on PW. A technician would be able to tell you about the piano's condition, and you're going to need to get it tuned after the move anyway. As for the move, the biggest issues for the movers will be stairs at the pick-up and delivery locations, so be ready for that when you call for quotes. Good luck, and keep us posted!
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#1348691 - 01/13/10 03:30 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: CharlieVictor]
msmcfad Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 3
Gosh, three for three. So far this is sounding promising. It so happens there is a piano mover/tuner/salesperson mom&pop one stop shop who even pops up on this website who lives just a few miles away from me. And, fortunately there are just a few stairs involved with this move. Making room for the piano, now that's another story, but that's our problem!

LOL on the Pina Colada song info. Not a big selling point but the youtube video was great!

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#1348730 - 01/13/10 04:10 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: msmcfad]
KrAYZEE Offline
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Registered: 10/14/09
Posts: 83
Loc: Los Angeles
i play an Acrosonic every week at my lesson. For its size and its place in the marketplace at the time when it was new, it's a damn fine sounding piano. What I like about it is that while it, of course, doesn't have a huge sound, it does have a nicely balanced compact sound. At least on my example the mid's and highs are nicely blended with the mid-bass to create a musical and non fatiguing sound. This is not the case with the taller Schafer and Sons console I occasionally practice on next door.

The the one you're considering sounds well cared for and if it was in my neighborhood for $300 I'd would definitely be on it to replace my DP.

Kurt


Edited by KrAYZEE (01/13/10 04:13 PM)
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#1348738 - 01/13/10 04:22 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: msmcfad]
Terry Benge Offline
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Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 124
Loc: Southeastern Ky
I would have a technician check it over and especially look at the low tenor bridge as I have encountered many with a problem of the bridge coming loose or spliting. Those are really good pianos but I would have it checked first.
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#1348753 - 01/13/10 04:40 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: Terry Benge]
msmcfad Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
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I spoke with two local piano movers and both quoted me $250, that's with minimal stairs. One of the movers also is a tuner, lives right around the corner and has his own shop/store. He charges $175 for a major tune on a piano that hasn't been tuned in a while. This sounds reasonable to me, I guess I knew it would cost me more to move and tune.

I've been to this man's shop, by the way, just recently. When he asked me what the friend of the family wants to charge me for the piano and I told him $300 he told me to take it and not think twice, as long as it's in good shape, not been stored and has no major problems other than being out of tune. Said that's a GOOD DEAL for a good piano.

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#1348769 - 01/13/10 04:57 PM Re: Older Baldwin Acrosonic upright, need advice please [Re: msmcfad]
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It dates from 1967 or so. I suspect it has a spinet action, which will make repairs difficult when they need to be done. The price is OK, but I see many pianos in that price range. I have no idea what "pads" may have been replaced in that piano. Usually when someone says something like that, I cannot figure out what was done, if anything. Replacing any felt after 30 years means heavy use.
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