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
48 registered (Bambers, bennevis, casinitaly, augustm, 15 invisible), 1335 Guests and 9 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
#1973697 - 10/15/12 05:21 PM Sohmer upright v. Hallet Davis & Co. Boston upright?
Christine L. Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 1
Hello, I am in the market to purchase a used upright. I am trying to decide between a 1972 maple-wood Sohmer upright for $500 and a 1980s polished ebony Hallet Davis & Co. Boston upright for $900. Each includes the matching bench. Presuming both are in comparable good condition, which would you choose? Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you!

Top
(ad 800) Pearl River
Pearl River the world's best selling piano
#1973735 - 10/15/12 06:58 PM Re: Sohmer upright v. Hallet Davis & Co. Boston upright? [Re: Christine L.]
BDB Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 24144
Loc: Oakland
How tall are they?
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top
#1973739 - 10/15/12 07:09 PM Re: Sohmer upright v. Hallet Davis & Co. Boston upright? [Re: Christine L.]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Hi Christine - Welcome to Piano World!

At the time that either was built, they were issued as similar, affordable, basic entry lever pianos. The Sohmer would have actually been built by the Sohmer Piano Co. in the US and were respectable instruments. If the HD&C, is really from the Boston factory of Aeolian, it would be from the first half of the 1980s. Production ceased in 1985.

Obviously, the investment in either is very low and it may not be worth having independent inspections @ ~$100 each. Do you play? If not, ask for help from a pianist.

The important things are whether either piano holds a tuning and that all the notes are functional and the instrument is playable. Then you are left with with how it looks, how it sounds, and how it feels. Neither piano is of "investment" quality.

That is a choice only you can make.
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Top
#1973817 - 10/15/12 09:51 PM Re: Sohmer upright v. Hallet Davis & Co. Boston upright? [Re: Christine L.]
jdw Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/04/11
Posts: 1491
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
A lot depends on condition, but the older Sohmer uprights were unusually fine instruments of their type. I have never heard this said about a Hallet Davis piano. You should be able to tell by playing them both.
_________________________
1989 Baldwin R
Currently working on:
Brahms, Waltzes Op. 39
Chopin, Minute Waltz, Op. 64 no. 1
Haydn, Sonata Hob. XVI: 19
Chopin, Waltz in E minor (op. posth.)
Hmm...lotta waltzes

Top
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, 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
Kawai MP10 or ES8
by Pecuchet
09/25/16 05:51 AM
Entropy tuning of my new Blüthner
by Beemer
09/25/16 02:37 AM
Look at my homepage
by TheTuner
09/25/16 01:58 AM
Does the Kawai es100 have a battery?
by Cutestpuppie
09/24/16 09:29 PM
Piano Piece suggestions wanted.
by Dewdman42
09/24/16 07:20 PM
Forum Stats
85,056 Registered Members
44 Forums
175,323 Topics
2,557,874 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