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Norbert #1241758 08/01/09 07:09 PM
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Tamara, this is for you:

Apologies for my little detours here: Autobahns are often diverted these days.... wink

Now, here's my answer to you:

Have your piano carefully inspected by a few different rebuilding techs who can give you an opinion. Some will recommend more, some less to be done.

Look carefuly at the cost and feasablity of things, it may or may not be worthwhile to put a lot of money into this piano.

Bechstein wasn't in best shape after the war, many of their buildings had been destroyed in Berlin and their production quality was quite variable at that time.

[of course this improved a lot after Mr. Cohen took over things much later... thumb]

Your piano could perhaps be improved without too much work, make a feasablity study - then decide at that time.

Come back here and ask question: our Forum rebuilders will be glad to help you along!

Meantime enjoy the instrument for what it is and keep up the most important thing: your passion for music!!

Norbert yippie

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No offense, but you don't seem qualified to make these determinations. I say that because you are unfamiliar with the "crown" of the soundboard. It is the curvature in the board to resist the downbearing. It is not something you can look at and know about.

One can only evaluate a pinblock with specialized tools...a tuning hammer (and experience with it) and/or a torque wrench. Hammers can look and feel wonderful, but have lost the elasticity necssary to produce optimal tone.

This may be a gem of a piano and the deal of a lifetime, or it may need a huge investment to be a stable instrument over the next 2-30 years.

You need to hire a professional to evalute this piano.

Admittedly, I am assuming much in this post. If I am wrong, I apologize. If I am right and you are guessing at the condition of this piano based on amatuer observation, GET A PRO TO EVALUATE THIS PIANO.


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Originally Posted by Norbert

Good, they have those super-super-tough heritage laws over there.

Can't even change outside colours....

Norbert



I wish we had the same laws here for those old (1900)s homes in
Vancouver.
Sad to see them torn down and replaced with?


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Tamara,

As Steve notes, if you are not a trained piano technician there is no way you could truly test the integrity of structures like the pinblock. A visual inspection is incomplete, even for a professional. On other action parts, a professional's eye will tell you a lot more than your own.

Avoid letting your desire for this piano to be perfect to influence your judgment of the facts. It is over sixty years old. Mechanical parts wear out. And you have no information about how it was maintained or in what conditions it was kept.

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Originally Posted by Rod Verhnjak

With a home that old it is not worth repairing or even rebuilding. The fact is, it is better to just replace it with a new home. The construction methods and materials available are superior to what was available 329 years ago. And if you choose to repair your home you will not know what the end result would be. Who will really know what is behind those walls.
You may not like it and then be stuck with something less than you expected.

It today's new world one can manufacture that same quality for far less money.

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I ve hired a Professional tech ,
He told me it doesn't worth its price. 14 000$.in its actual condition.

So I ll wait another opportunity to buy the piano of my dreams.

Thanks a lot dear Members, Steve Cohen, Norbert and Piano*Dad,
for helping me take the right decision.

Cu on the next opportunity...
Best Regards.:)


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That's a good outcome, Tamara. keep looking. A Bechstein is my dream piano as well.

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Norbert, you should record your restoration for us. It could be an updated version of "THE MONEY PIT."


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