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Buying a piano

Postby Adam Powell » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:52 pm

Budget: $700-1200.

Needs to have good action, timbre is secondary. Anyone have a good experience buying and moving a piano locally?

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby benfury » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:27 pm

craigslist always has some for free (you move). maybe you could do that and take the money to fix it up/get it tuned professionally.

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby rrnate » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:58 pm

Yeah, I'd second the Craigslist notion for a relatively cheap buy.

I'd recommend "Farley's House of Pianos" for tuning and moving. This is their site - http://www.farleyspianos.com/

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby snoqueen » Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:51 pm

I second Farley's House of Pianos. They sold my very nice Kawai upright for me a few years ago, and all their services were great including excellent movers with a lift van so the piano was safe. They do a very thorough reconditioning inside and out.

I just checked their on-line gallery of used pianos and they've got a Baldwin Acrosonic listed. Those are small pianos (quite moveable) with a remarkably decent sound though the action can be soft. You have to try it in person to see if you like the way it plays. Acrosonics are good quality mid century pianos and usually aren't costly, comparatively speaking. Of course I know nothing about your intended use so this could be totally unhelpful.

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby bitcharista » Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:29 am

I third Farley's.

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Adam Powell » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:12 am

Thanks, all!

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:21 pm

Digital piano for a casual home player, yes or no?

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Adam Powell » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:32 pm

No, I have plenty of keyboards and even a Fender Rhodes '88, all of which I love, but I'm looking for a real piano (and getting close, thanks to the helpful folks here)!

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:56 pm

Forgive me, I was changing the subject, posing a general question. I'm contemplating a purchase.

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Adam Powell » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:34 pm

Aha. Well, for around a grand there are some very nice models out there, 88 keys, weighted, just fine for casual playing or practicing.

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.c ... sku=703247

This model is about half that:

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.c ... sku=703096

There are also Casios and such that are $300-400 dollars, but you get what you pay for.

All these prices are for new keyboards, so substantial discounts can be had via eBay, garage sales, the want ads, and so on.

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:00 pm

Part of me is in love with the idea of an acoustic piano. But another part of me says for my purposes, why not digital?

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby fisticuffs » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:14 pm

Aha. Well, for around a grand there are some very nice models out there, 88 keys, weighted, just fine for casual playing or practicing.

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.c ... sku=703247

This model is about half that:

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.c ... sku=703096

There are also Casios and such that are $300-400 dollars, but you get what you pay for.

All these prices are for new keyboards, so substantial discounts can be had via eBay, garage sales, the want ads, and so on.
Aha. Well, for around a grand there are some very nice models out there, 88 keys, weighted, just fine for casual playing or practicing.

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.c ... sku=703247

This model is about half that:

http://keyboards-midi.musiciansfriend.c ... sku=703096

There are also Casios and such that are $300-400 dollars, but you get what you pay for.

All these prices are for new keyboards, so substantial discounts can be had via eBay, garage sales, the want ads, and so on.


There's a place in town where you can get either of those for prices considerably lower than what you linked to. They have both in stock. Without getting too specific it rhymes with Bull Frompass.

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:04 pm

OTOH maybe I want an acoustic. *dither*

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:46 pm

rrnate wrote:I'd recommend "Farley's House of Pianos" for tuning and moving.

Is there some trick to moving a piano so that professionals are needed?

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Re: Buying a piano

Postby snoqueen » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:23 am

Mostly, it helps to have professionals if you're moving a worthwhile piano because if something happens, they are liable.

Going up and down stairs, it's good to have someone experienced. And if the piano has a nice exterior, it helps to have it wrapped and put on a dolly so nothing gets scratched. Local do-it-yourself rental places used to have piano dollies for rent -- I don't know if they still do or not.

But sure, a few husky civilians can probably move the average piano OK. On the other hand, I've seen more than one house with a piano in the basement get sold and the piano just stays with the house because nobody can figure out how to get it back up the basement steps.


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