Albany Pianos Association
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Some would be the family heirloom” passed down over many generations, much loved but also overlooked and unplaced. Such pianos may have sentimental value for their owners, but as a playing piano, their true value may be zero.Check out Albany Pianos Association for more info.
Pianos are not going to last forever,
A piano consists of around 5000 elements, many of which shift. It is very complicated and susceptible to moisture, dryness, temperature changes, wear and tear and neglect, although it is enormously strong and heavy. A decent piano, well maintained, has much of the same useful lifetime as a human being – after 80 years, few are in very good shape! Bear in mind that the piano you purchase will possibly be the only one you ever buy, so look for the highest sound and youngest player you can find.
So, what can I use a second-hand piano to look for?
Very few people have knowledge of pianos in any technical way. The following list will give you an idea of some of the issues that are commonly found in second-hand pianos.
Keys or hammers sticking
Typically, this is the product of being in a damp climate. The felt absorbs moisture, swells and has little mobility. It might be necessary to relieve them if only one or two notes are trapped. The action (i.e., the moving parts inside the piano) possibly needs to be demolished and repaired if tonnes hold. Costly!
Noisy keys or noise arising from the operation
A symbol of wear and tear. A tuner may be able to make changes to minimise unwanted noises, but a refurbishment would be needed if it is badly worn.
The Rough Tone
The product of worn and compressed hammer felts, probably. They might be capable of being reshaped if they are not too badly worn. It is not possible to handle very highly worn hammers in this way and new hammerheads need to be installed.