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We found our new (to us) grand!
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After several months of searching and considering many rebuilt grands (and a few new), we happened on a 1968 Baldwin SF-10 in a private sale that our daughter was really excited about when she played it Sunday. We were originally looking in the 5'8" to 6-ish range, but have plenty of space for a 7 footer.

I am eternally grateful that Roy Peters, MPT has been our guide along this journey. He has inspected several candidates for us and answered my questions most patiently. He feels like this piano is in solid playable shape now and a good value at less than half the price of several smaller Baldwin and Steinway rebuild/rebuild candidates we were looking at. In a few years we are likely to need new strings and a bit of action work, but even so, the numbers look great. Most importantly, our daughter enjoyed playing it and can't wait to get it into the house. Thank you also to all of you on this forum. I found a lot of info lurking here.

Now all we have to do is hire the piano movers and find a new home for our lovely, practically new Walter upright. It's a great piano, and it seems a shame to sell it after only 4 years. But a 15x30-foot room calls for a grand and we only need one piano. I hope it will make some family very happy. It should--it's in pristine shape!

I believe I am going to have to learn to play. At least for now it has a PianoDisk player. :-)

Here's a pic in it's former home.
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think_pos #1889625 05/01/12 08:03 PM
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Congratulations!

The Baldwin SF-10 has always been one of my own favourites....

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Thank you, Norbert. I appreciated your contributions in many of the threads I used for research. Can't tell you how helpful much of the advice and knowledge on this board is to someone like me. I think many of the dealers I met in the showrooms were taken aback when they found in conversation that I actually knew a thing or two about pianos and what to look for. It took the intimidation factor down a notch or two. :-)

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think_pos #1889650 05/01/12 09:07 PM
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Wow, congratulations!

I'll bet the SF-10 sounds fantastic! Nothing like a 7-footer to stir your heart and soul when you play! smile

Enjoy!

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That's a lot of piano. Have Fun!


"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams
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Congratulations and best wishes to you and that monumental piano! So big!


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I purchased a (ab-)used Baldwin SF-10 about 5 years ago and after having this and that done to it through the years, it is a GLORIOUS piano and I love it! It can sing (and growl) like no other. So if you have a good technician, you are going to have lots of surprises coming your way with this instrument! Congratulations and enjoy!

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Nice piano. When you do put new strings on it you'll be even more impressed!

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Please Thx _pos Spend 10 minutes a day touching it and you will find yourself a fine player.

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Congratulations! I played a few of that vintage when they were new (taught at a Baldwin Studio) and thought them very nice pianos.

Lucky shall be the new owner of your Charles Walters upright. Not too many used ones around. Should be an easy sell.


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Great piano! Nothing like the growl of a well tuned and regulated Baldwin.


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Congratulations. SF-10 is a wonderful piano.


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Of the older pianos I played, my favorite was a Baldwin. Unfortunately, I don't remember the model, but it probably was not as nice as yours. I am sure you and your daughter will enjoy it!


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Congratulations! I've heard great things about this piano, and I'm sure you and your family will enjoy it immensly!

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Wow, that sounds like an awesome find. Where did you find it? Local in Cincy? We purchased a 6'6 last Fall and have been enjoying it tremendously. Please post some additional pictures when you get it home. I especially love to see inside shots. ;-)



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Steve Schutte
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