If they have a lot of potential buyers they may simply ignore your offer and wait for someone to pay what they want. We have rebuilt thousands of Steinway pianos. In his article, Cohen, with the help of other Piano Buyer staff, advises how to make the most of a difficult market. I don't know how often since manufactured your new piano has been tuned until you purchased it, but since being moved, it may have lost some of its stability. I have my eye on a Mason Hamlin A they have there. Kelly company, the only remaining piano plate foundry in the U.
For private online sales, this can be difficult to establish. M is a mellower, sweeter sound; the O was brighter, more touch-responsive. The O was just unbelievable to me--rich sound, easy-feel keyboard, kept wanting to play there in the store for hours if they'd let me. First offered in 1878 and discontinued in New York in 1945, the model A revolutionized piano making by featuring, for the first time, the radial rim bracing and one-piece bent rim construction now used in all Steinway grands. Is the cost of shipping included in the price? These layers are then temporarily softened and shaped into the elegant and instantly recognizable curves of a grand piano.
Otherwise we encourage you to enlist the help of an expert who can inspect any used piano you are considering. If you are buying a piano, ask for them. Concert Grand With a typical length ranging from 7-10 ft, the Concert Grand piano is the largest of the bunch. Each time I play, the bass sound alone is rich with a deep though clear timbre. The version being reintroduced was made in New York from 1896 to 1914 and is the same size as the model A that has been made at the Hamburg factory for more than a century.
The easiest way to assess the quality of a prospective piano is to work with a reputable restorer or dealer of fine pianos. I am still laughing at that incredible fraction you closed with. I would enjoy more narrative description of how things evolved, but that's not the purpose of this particular book. The Piano Book contains a great deal of additional information on the purchase of older or restored Steinways. Shown here at the end of the list is approximately how much it would cost to purchase a Hamburg Steinway in Europe and have it shipped to the United States. Even in the worst condition, most Steinway Grand pianos will sell for thousands of dollars, but how many thousands is going to be determined by the pianos condition.
Like a silversmith's hallmarks, they give precise dating of the casting of the iron plate also called the harp. It's been nearly 3 years since I bought my Steinway model O and I am loving it more and more each day. Am I too late to reply? If I sound cheap at the thought of the 8. The price that Steinway would charge for a piano ordered through an American Steinway dealer may be different. The internet is a wonderful place to research prices so spend time being as informed as you can after all you are spending quite a sum of money and you need to know as much as you possibly can! If so, at what point does one quit? The structural wood is then overlaid with a thin veneer of attractive wood such as mahogany, or walnut. As the prices go up, you can assume that the sound and key action will improve. Harp The cast iron harp that holds the strings in place should be free from cracks.
Most times, these calls end with owners being disappointed to find out that their old pianos are worth less than the cost of moving them. You can read a summary of it in The Piano Book; there are also several excellent books devoted to the subject. This magnificent Steinway O has been completely rebuilt. Model O was first produced in 1902, but discontinued in 1924 in favor of the model L. I realize that they are hand-crafted pianos and very costly to construct, but: is there wiggle-room to bargain with a dealer? How hard can it be? Vendors almost always sell for a substantially lower price! About Adam Gingery is a freelance copywriter and journalist who double-majored with piano pedagogy and euphonium during undergrad before pursuing performance in graduate school. Pianos that may still be valuable even in poor condition Name Brand: You may own a world class name piano, such as Steinway.
I do not know the other author, David R. What is the piano's serial number? Restoration Company Questions to Ask A piano is a large investment. Name, Age, Serial Number, Model, Size and Type. This list does not include the many furniture styles and finishes. Each year sees new art-case pianos from Steinway, and they are truly stunning. Technicians have always liked the performance of Steinway verticals, but used to complain that the studio models in particular were among the most difficult pianos to tune and would unexpectedly jump out of tune. The underlying excellence of the Steinway musical designs and the integrity of the construction process are the hallmarks of the Steinway piano.
Models and Sizes Piano manufacturers often produce a variety of models. If the piano is more than 70 years old, the felts almost certainly need to be replaced. But first, we need to know more about the piano itself. In some cases this veneer employs exceptionally rare woods or artisanal techniques. Every now and then I think of the smaller M that had a mellower tone good for Mozart but everyone kept saying buy the largest piano you can afford that fits the room, so I did; and I'm not sorry. Vintage piano ivory keys should be white as possible.
You are basically identifying: What it is. You will need some luck to find anything usable. Touch, tone, and dynamic range are easier to control on a 6-7 ft. Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser. Once you have gathered this information, do a search for your piano to find out what it may be worth. This is particularly true when shopping for premier brands, such as Steinway, because these pianos have been built to last. If price is no object, you can spend significantly more check out the model for a truly transcendent retail price! All Steinway verticals use a solid spruce soundboard, have no particleboard, and in many other ways are similar in design, materials, and quality of workmanship to Steinway grands.
Generally, the price will be a good indicator of quality. Thanks Jim I'm not familiar with them, just googled. The best pianos to get in this price range are Yamaha and Kawai 48 in. A fine, very playable instrument still, it could use new strings and hammers--a few scratches on the case, etc. Models O and A are suitable for larger living rooms, and for many school and teaching situations. Among those choices, Pianoteq should absolutely be a contender in your research.