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Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway #2822152
03/02/19 11:52 PM
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I understand you can't give me a definitive answer without playing it but if you wouldn't mind giving it your best shot I'd appreciate it. Thanks so much! Brian.

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Re: Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2822166
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It’s impossible to tell from a listing, especially with a rebuilt piano like an old Steinway. I’m not sure if it’s the photo quality or the lens, but the hammerline looks odd. It’s a low price for the scope of work listed in the ad...but that doesn’t matter as much as the touch, tone, and appearance.


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Re: Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2822196
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Why a restored Steinway?

For $26500 you can find pianos that would be more trusty to go with.

Besides, if the soundboard, strings, hammers, pin block, action are not original Steinway parts is that still a Steinway Will it sound and play like a Steinway?

Re: Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2822237
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I’m not an expert, really just an intermediate student, but I’ll chime in as I just bought a golden age Steinway.

It sounds like a decent price, at least compared with what the big players in the market are getting. However, it would be helpful to know the reputation of the restorer and the quality of the work. It might help to bring in an expert for an appraisal or evaluation.

The second issue is size. The M is 5’7”. I was looking for an O/L in my search, but ended up finding an A3 by chance. If the size of the M works for you that’s great but you can find bigger grands for that much or less, newer also. The bigger size allows a litttle more sound, deeper and richer. Again, depending on your preferences and space issues this might be just right for you, just something to consider.

Oh and I don’t get into that Steinway : Steinwas crap. It sounds like the parts used are of high quality, as long as the rebuilder is good.

I consider myself lucky to have found the A. You can read about it in This Thread the if you’d like. However, bottom line is that I couldn’t be happier. Good luck with your decision.

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Re: Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2822485
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I would like to add a “second the motion” of the observations made by CNB 13 . When I seriously returned to practicing four and five hours a day classical literature and wanted a Steinway , my life partner immediately said let’s get a 9 foot grand. Another lifetime ago when I practiced intensely at a wonderful university all the rooms had Steinway M sizes— I referred to this model as the practice room piano. The longer the bass strings, the more potential for depth of color and variation in the dynamics .
I’ve been searching through ads for buying a piano also, frequently on craigslist , and I agree that the price is a bit steep for a 5‘7“ Steinway .

Re: Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway [Re: Coda9] #2822501
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Originally Posted by Coda9
I would like to add a “second the motion” of the observations made by CNB 13 . When I seriously returned to practicing four and five hours a day classical literature and wanted a Steinway , my life partner immediately said let’s get a 9 foot grand. Another lifetime ago when I practiced intensely at a wonderful university all the rooms had Steinway M sizes— I referred to this model as the practice room piano. The longer the bass strings, the more potential for depth of color and variation in the dynamics .
I’ve been searching through ads for buying a piano also, frequently on craigslist , and I agree that the price is a bit steep for a 5‘7“ Steinway .
I think a well rebuilt Steinway M would be a dream piano for many non professional pianists. It's only on PW that some posters regularly dis a 5'7 size piano. I knew the recently deceased pianist for the NY Philharmonic, Harriet Wingreen, and a Steinway M worked fine for this great pianist. Since this is a newly and fully rebuilt piano(unlike most Craigslist Steinways) the price is definitely not high if the work was done well.

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Re: Please Give Me Your Adice On This Steinway [Re: Brian Sweeney] #2822506
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One of my favourite pianos to play is one particular Steinway M in London. The way it's set up, the action is a little on the shallow side, but there's very little after touch, and it feels incredibly responsive. It is maintained by Steinway though. I suppose it's like a zippy little sports car, only it's a piano. grin It's just great fun to play. grin


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