A Conversation for Viewing and Purchasing an Upright Piano
Quality notes in choosing an upright
FordsTowel Started conversation Jun 27, 2005
Years ago, I was offered an upright piano by a friend who had just been given two. He said yes to the second, only because he wasn't certain whether either was usable. His wife liked the look of the taller of the two, and I gladly took the other for my dad's house.
Dad was pleased, as the last piano we owned had been destroyed in a flood. A local piano tuner came by (once we got most of the mechanics fixed) and set about replacing missing strings and such.
The tuner was quite impressed with it (a Heinz, or Heinzman, if memory serves). He mentioned the series of nine 'medals' that were illustrated on one corner of the harp. We were told that these were really endorsements of a relatively high order, and indicated a truly quality home instrument.
Look for medals and awards in older uprights, to help judge comparative values. If prices and condition are similar enough, the better rated piano will probably just sound 'better'. And, you don't need to have a spectacularly sensitive ear to make the best choice.
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