FACTS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A USED PIANO
**BUYING A USED PIANO PRIVATLEY CAN BE DANGEROUS AND EXPENSIVE**
WHAT APPEARS TO BE A RARE OR GREAT BARGAIN MAY PROVE TO BE A REAL LIABILITY. UNLESS YOU ARE A PIANO EXPERT, YOUR BEST ASSURANCE IS TO RELY ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED DEALER IN YOUR AREA WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF EXPERIENCE, INTEGRITY, STABILITY, HONESTY AND LONGEVITY.
IT IS UNWISE TO “PICK UP” AN OLD PIANO PRIVATELY “TO GET STARTED WITH”. A POOR PIANO OFFERS DISCOURAGEMENT TO A CHILD AND, AT BEST, A QUESTIONABLE INVESTMENT FOR THE PARENT.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE “MANY” DANGER AREAS ENCOUNTERED WHEN A NON-EXPERT PIANO BUYER BUYS A PIANO PRIVATELY;
1. PLATE – May be cracked or broken which cripples the piano musically and renders it virtually useless.
2. STRINGS – Bass strings may be “tired and tubby”, totally devoid of tone.
3. SOUNDING BOARD – May be cracked, or worse yet, may have lost its crown to become totally deficient.
4. RIBS – May be broken or pulled away from the soundboard.
5. BRIDGES – May have lost proper bearing, be broken, split or cracked, necessitating a major expense.
6. TUNING PINS/PIN BLOCK – May be loose, may have been previously “Doped”, may require oversize pins, may require a new pin block. (Approximate repair price range $1500-$2500) Avoid any piano with pins showing evidence of having been pounded.
7. PIN PLANK – May be split and is very costly to repair. Since this is concealed, experienced judgment is required.
8. ACTIONS – May be literally worn out, rendering the piano useless. The piano may “look new” outside which can be deceiving. If rebushing is required, this is very costly. A complete regulation requires much time of an expert and is expensive if properly done.
9. HAMMER – May be worn out or improperly filed so as to require replacement which is another costly repair.
SOURCE of INFORMATION: PIERCE PIANO ATLAS & TAYLOR’S MUSIC
1-800-291-9700 or visit https://www.taylorsmusic.com