IF YOU DON'T KNOW PIANOS, Find an experienced piano technician for or one who specializes in restorations and rebuilding.
BUYING A USED PIANO PRIVATELY CAN BE DANGEROUS AND COSTLY.WHAT APPEARS TO BE A RARE 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 RECORD OF INTEGRITY AND FAIR DEALING. IT IS UNWISE TO PICK UP AN OLD PIANO PRIVATELY "TO GET STARTED WITH". A POOR PIANO OFFERS DISCOURAGEMENT TO THE CHILD AND IS AT BEST, A QUESTIONABLE INVESTMENT FOR THE PARENT. HERE ARE JUST A FEW or THE MANY DANGER AREAS ENCOUNTERED WHEN A NONEXPERT PIANO BUYER BUYS A PIANO PRIVATELY:
1. The Cast Iron Plate: May Be Cracked or Broken, Which Will Render the Piano Useless, and a complete loss of the instrument. Methods are available, welding and bracing if possible of the sides of a crack, only would this be done on an expensive piano that would render such preservation.
2. Piano Strings: Bass And Treble Strings May Be "Tired And Tubby", Totally Devoid Or Tone. Life Expectancy of a set of strings is approximately 30 years.
3. Sounding Board: May Be Cracked Or Worse Yet, May Have Lost Crown and Become Tonally Unsatisfactory.
4. Sounding board Ribs: May Be Broken or Pulled Away From Soundboard. Creating A Loss Of Tone And Often A Variation That Is Hard To Find And Often Hard To Repair.
5. Treble and bass Bridges - May Have Lost Proper Bearing, Be Broken, Split or Cracked, Necessitating a Major Expense.
6. Tuning Pins: May Be Loose, May Have Been Previously "Doped", Which Often Times Destroys The Multi-Layered Pinblock. You Might Be Able To Use Oversized Pins, But Most Likely The Piano Will Need A New Pinblock Avoid Like The Plague Any: Piano With Pins - Showing Evidence Of Having Been Pounded, Deep Into The Pinblock. Rust and corrosion are also signs to avoid.
7. Pin Block: May Be Split And Is Very Costly To Repair. Since This Is Concealed, Experienced Judgment Is Required. And Experience In the Art of Pin Block Duplication, new strings and pins.
8. Actions: May Be Literally Worn Out Rendering Piano Useless. If Rebushing Or Replacing An Action Is Required, This Is Very Costly. A Complete Regulation Requires Much Time And Expertize If Done Properly.
9. Hammers: May Be Worn Out or Improperly Filed and Will Require Replacement. Yet another Costly Repair.
10. Trap Work: The Internal Leverage Controls Or The Expression Pedals May Need Complete Overhauling.
11. Refinishing: Many People Learn To Their Sorrow That Refinishing A Piano Is Not A Home Do-It-Yourself Project; It Requires Much Hard Work And Know How, Best Left To A Skilled Craftsman. Good Refinishing Work Is Expensive.
Pierce Piano Atlas - 9th Edition - Larry E. Asheley, Publisher
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pianos by appointment only. Usually someone is here but to be sure please call or email before coming to the shop. Thank you Crofton Piano Company.
Crofton Piano Company
2134 Espey Court - Suite 2
Crofton, Maryland 21114