Vintage Pianos

Written by Josh Dodes
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What is it about vintage pianos that makes everyone from museum curators to celebrated world class musicians so excited? For many, it is the craftsmanship that went into some of these fine pieces, a singular commitment to woodwork and artistry that has since nearly vanished from the market. For others, it is that one-of-a-kind sound.

Many vintage pianos turn out to be more hype than substance, often losing as much to the exigencies of age as to the poor maintenance of prior owners. But then, such pieces can almost always benefit from a very high breed of piano restoration that spends as much time on the sound as the cosmetic appearance. And every once in a while some vintage pianos surface that are very nearly pristine and thus, invaluable.

How to Get Vintage Pianos

The trick to buying such an expensive piece lies in possessing a deep understanding of the manufacturing process. Only with such education can you distinguish between work that represents the best of a given era and work that is merely old and not particularly noteworthy. Most experts advise looking into professional appraisal and negotiation teams before making a purchase of this magnitude.

Such piano services are becoming ever more popular as families and collectors find they can begin the negotiation from a place of much greater power. Get a team of historians, technicians and musicians to aid you throughout this enterprise and you can be sure you will never make a false step. When it comes to the high-stakes world of vintage pianos, your passion must be matched by prudence every step of the way.


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