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#1606567 - 01/27/11 09:10 AM Opinions needed on 1975 Steinway Console
Avezan Offline
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I found a 1975 42" Steinway console on consignment at a local music shop. Do you have any opinions on Steinway consoles manufactured in this time period? I have heard from one tech that the quality was sub-par during the late 60's and 70's. I'm looking for more opinions.

I played the piano and it sounded fine to me, but I am not an expert. The case is in very good shape and the inside was clean. The price on it is $5800 but the store owner says he thinks the owner will take an offer of $3K. Any opinions? Thanks!

Edited by Avezan (01/31/11 10:16 AM)
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#1606651 - 01/27/11 11:42 AM Re: Steinway F Series Console? [Re: Avezan]
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All of the Steinways about 40" stem from the wartime Steinway design. I have always liked them, but they do tend to be fairly pricy. I think you should compare it with what you can get new for the same price, which is a good idea no matter what your price range or what you are considering buying.
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#1607266 - 01/28/11 08:23 AM Re: Steinway F Series Console? [Re: Avezan]
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Thank you. I am trying lots and lots of pianos. I have seen this model dating back to the 1930's, but my concern is how is the quality of the 1970's model? Is there any general consensus about it? Thanks!

#1607483 - 01/28/11 12:51 PM Re: Steinway F Series Console? [Re: Avezan]
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$3K? From the 30s? Don't buy it.

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#1609365 - 01/31/11 10:18 AM Re: Steinway F Series Console? [Re: Roy123]
Avezan Offline
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Its actually a 1975 model. Any opinions on the quality of the 70's Steinway consoles?

#1609524 - 01/31/11 01:50 PM Re: Steinway F Series Console? [Re: Avezan]
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In 20 years of being a piano technician, I've only encountered a handful of Steinway F consoles from the 1970s. They all looked nice and were clean inside. Other than that, they were remarkably unremarkable. For $3000 or more, you can do MUCH better. As an owner of one of those Steinway F's told me, "Steinway should be ashamed of putting their name on THAT piano."

Edited by Eric Gloo (01/31/11 01:51 PM)
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