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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Eighty-sixing Eighty-eights

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Connecticut USA

Stompin' on the avenue by Radio City
Jul 30th, 2012 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

A sad story from today’s edition of The New York Times. I’ve never owned a piano, but hope to be able to rescue one someday.




Jul 30th, 2012 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting. I know back in the late 80's, Fender Rhodes pianos were being buried under houses as nobody wanted them with the advent of the new digital synthesizers.

Now, Rhodes bring anywhere from $600 for a 'beater' to a couple of grand for a "mint" Suitcase version.

And Rhodes are being made once again. And also adopted in digital form from companies like Nord.

So, will we see the day that the value of some of the remainig uprights and spinets from lesser known companies start to rise?



Sep 2nd, 2012 02:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

"The average life span rarely exceeds 80 years, piano technicians say. That’s a lot of pianos now reaching the end of the line."

sometimes things wear out, y'know? Sure some better examples deserve restoration, but many can't be justified with the expense.

sad reality.


Cincinnati, USA

Sep 4th, 2012 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Visited a local piano rebuilder near me once. Nearly all the pianos taken as trade-ins went out the back door into a heap. They bought every Steinway they could find as an investment. Other grands were given lesser consideration. All the old uprights (Steinway and Mason & Hamlin excluded) and especially spinets were not worth fooling with and were scrapped.

Visited another local rebuilder and he personally preferred Mason & Hamlit to Steinway. His warehouse was full of instruments but his time is spent working only on grands. All the uprights seemed to be in eternal storage and I foresee them going to the dump when he retires. He can't make money on them because of their age. The cost to rebuild them exceeds their value. He makes his living rebuilding grands for colleges.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Ain't turned 60, but I got my blinker on
Sep 4th, 2012 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Years ago, our church was given a brand new baby grand, which cost about $8,000 at the music store it came from.

I absolutely hated that thing. I was the one who tuned it, and had we been using it every Sunday, I'd have had to tune it every month. It was beautiful, but did not stay in tune, (despite an internally mounted humidifier/dehumidifier) largely due to Wisconsin temp and humidity changes.

Our church was quite dead acoustically, so the piano was too loud in the front rows and too soft in the back (like acoustic drums.) Mic'd, the balance was still off, and the pedal noise came through the mics.

Our keyboard players preferred the Roland digital we had. I was getting ready to put MIDI electronics into the grand so we could MIDI it into the Roland, but left the church before that project got off the ground.

I'm not a fan of acoustic pianos...and I've worked on them and tuned them for decades. A horse drawn carriage can be a lovely and elegant thing, but it has been replaced by modern technology and as a society, we've embraced that technology.

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