Posted on May 16, 2011 – 11:39 am

About a month ago, I went to tune/service a Wesser Brothers console piano that my customer purchased off the internet.  As I apporached the “gem”, I knew right then that this piano required much more work than this person could afford.  I asked one question.  “Why didn’t you have me evaluate this piano before you purchased it?”   The answer didn’t suprise me at all because it’s unfortunately common place.  “I liked the way the piano looked.”  I later thought, “then maybe I should have just taken the insides out and let her keep the cabinet.” 

Pianos are mechanical as much as musical, and require regular tuning and service.  The outside may look great, but purchase one without an evaluation, you could be asking for a big headahce.  A piano should undergo an evaluation just the same as a used car should undergo an  inspection prior to purchase.  As a piano technician, I look past the cabinet and ask the tough questions.  Is the piano tunable?  How is it’s tone and pitch?  Is there any structural damage?  Let’s go deeper. 

I will check the mechanicals, look for loose parts, missing parts, broken parts, damaged parts due to smoke water etc.  Does the piano have any missing hardware?  What are the strings like and so forth.  Used pianos especially need evaluation prior to purchase because each one has a different story to tell about its life, where it lived, how often it was played and much more.  Where do you go from here.

If you find a piano that you are absolutely in love with, and you cannot part with the idea of losing it, then give me a call to schedule a piano evaluation.  I will spend about an hour to an  hour in a half with the piano and provide you the full story.  The cost of the evaluation might save you hundreds or maybe thousands in repairs.  Beauty is truly skin deep when it comes to pianos, and there is much more to one than meets the eye.

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