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#1945471 - 08/19/12 11:00 AM 1961 Chickering Console  
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Hi. I'm considering purchasing a 1961 Chickering console piano. I like the way it sounds, the touch is okay, and the case is in good condition. It comes with a matching duet bench. I understand that at one time Chickering pianos were among the best made in the U.S. However, at some point, that stopped being true. The question is: when?

I'm looking for a piano that will last for a good 30 years with regular tunings and some work here and there. And I can't really afford to buy a new piano that is of good quality. So I'm looking for a high quality used piano in my price range ~ $2,200.

Could this 1961 Chickering console be the one for me?


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#1945479 - 08/19/12 11:13 AM Re: 1961 Chickering Console [Re: BugNugget]  
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Hi, and welcome to the Piano World Forums!

This would be a question for the pros here, but I'm thinking the Aeolian piano company bought out several older, well respected American piano companies along about that time, with Chickering being among them.

I have also read that some of the pianos made by Aeolian were not all that bad either... it depends on who you ask, I suppose.

You say you like the Chickering console... that in itself may be a reason to buy it. smile

As far as how good a quality instrument it is and how long it will last, I'm not sure.


Good luck...

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#1945486 - 08/19/12 11:24 AM Re: 1961 Chickering Console [Re: BugNugget]  
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It was made in East Rochester, NY. They were better than the similar pianos made in Memphis, but the consoles were still only mediocre pianos at best. In your price range, I would look for a studio upright, about 45 inches tall. They would give you a better chance of longevity.


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#1945520 - 08/19/12 12:06 PM Re: 1961 Chickering Console [Re: BugNugget]  
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My concern is that most 50 year old consoles won't last another 30 years. The Chickering was a good one, but I would look for something newer. Your budget should be adequate.


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#1945830 - 08/19/12 09:21 PM Re: 1961 Chickering Console [Re: BugNugget]  
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+1 to Steve. There are plenty of used pianos available in your price range that are ~ 20 yrs old.


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