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#930231 - 11/13/08 10:08 PM Looking to buy this piano? Need advice please
timothyntibbs Offline
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Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Detroit
I am really thinking about getting this piano but I don't know if it is as good as they say it really is. I would like someone else's opinion on it. Here is the Add I found, it is currently on craigslist.org how much should this piano cost?

http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/911458711.html

thankx for all the help

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#930232 - 11/13/08 10:10 PM Re: Looking to buy this piano? Need advice please
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You should post this in te Piano Forum. Lots of experts there

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#930233 - 11/13/08 10:52 PM Re: Looking to buy this piano? Need advice please
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I second Phlebas' advice. Also you should always play a piano yourself (or if you don't know how to play, ask someone who does) as well as have it checked out by a piano technician before deciding to purchase. Every piano is different, and so going based on name alone is not a great idea.
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#930234 - 11/13/08 10:58 PM Re: Looking to buy this piano? Need advice please
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The best used piano money that you can spend is that spent for a prepurchase inspection by an experienced tech who has no affiliation with the seller. You can probably locate techs thru your local Yellow Pages and interview them re their experience and comfort level doing this kind of evaluation.

The action work is a plus, the condition of the soundboard is a concern. Wide swings in humidity cause 'boards to expand and contract. Over time that process leads to degredation of the 'board's fibres. A good tech will be able to help you assess how well the 'board resonates. When 'boards are deteriorating, sustain shortens. You might want to check the sustain in the fifth and sixth octaves and compare the result to that of a new piano.

Listening to the demo thru cheap headphones, the treble sounds a little "tinkly." This could indicate deterioration or could be just the character of this piano - or could be just these 'phones.

As always when making a buying decision, it's tone, touch, appearance, then price that's within budget. When buying a restored piano, you're essentially paying for the restoration. This piano has little name recognition, so you'd want to buy it with the intention of keeping it.

As Phlebas posted, you can get lots of help on the Piano forum.

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