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Many free or cheap pianos available #2865064 07/02/19 08:17 AM
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NOTICE:


This is to inform any and all who might be interested, that a long time piano technician in New England is liquidating his warehouse (and I do mean WAREHOUSE) of instruments acquired and stored over many years.

There are approximately 300 pianos in here. Grands, uprights, in various stages of repair. Quite a few large grands, at least a couple concert grands, art cases, odd, rare, old, and very old, every make you can think of and more. I have personally seen a fraction of what is in here. Parts and pieces, complete and incomplete. Almost anything you can think of related to pianos and rebuilding them is here.

Everything must go by the end of July. Prices (if any) will be very low. Major issue is to get them out. Otherwise they will be need to be trashed. The place is truly a maze filled top to bottom with pianos. An entire factory building floor full. I could not begin to list what's here.

I was authorized by the NH chapter PTG to put this notice out here. Feel free to email me at pianodoctor57@gmail.com if you are interested. I can then inform you as details become available to me. Location is Fitchburg, MA just over the border from NH.

Feel free to spread the word.

Thx

Pwg


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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2866501 07/06/19 07:13 AM
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You may also ask questions here if you want, although not a huge amount of information is currently available. I will answer what I can.

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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2866768 07/06/19 09:18 PM
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is this a climate controlled warehouse? it sounds incredible. By the way this reminds me of a warehouse in Chicago called keys4/4 kids which is a nonprofit, and they ship their surplus / unwanted pianos to Mexico where they are rehabbed if necessary and put back to use.

http://keys44kids.net/ they could be interested, if any left at the end of the month.

Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2866828 07/06/19 11:57 PM
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Any chance there is a 5’8”or larger Julius Bauer in his warehouse.??
I’ve been wanting to restore one of these for my own personal piano.


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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2866877 07/07/19 06:11 AM
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Any free Steinway D's, Yamaha cfx's, fazioli f308's etc or similar piano's in good condition available in this warehouse? laugh

Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2866884 07/07/19 06:31 AM
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We were there a few years ago with a filmmaker considering making a documentary about Gene and his pianos. Here's the video he shot edited down:

Every Piano has a Story

Shameless plug - that's my wife playing Chopin at the end, from her recording: Virually Live

No Steinway D's, but some big ol' Chickenwing grands and other diamonds in the rough for the true connoisseur!


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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: nhpianos] #2866904 07/07/19 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by nhpianos
We were there a few years ago with a filmmaker considering making a documentary about Gene and his pianos. Here's the video he shot edited down:

Every Piano has a Story

Shameless plug - that's my wife playing Chopin at the end, from her recording: Virually Live

No Steinway D's, but some big ol' Chickenwing grands and other diamonds in the rough for the true connoisseur!



I’m curious, does, or did, that guy restore any pianos or did he just hoard them?

My father restored antique John Deere tractors. He turned junk into something of value. After he died, I sold the lot of them at good prices because my mother had no use for antique farm tractors. My father had friends who hoarded junk tractors and never restored anything, they all deteriorated into worse states of disrepair. This piano guy looks to be in that category.

I’m of the mind that pianos should be restored or junked. I don’t buy that nonsense about pianos having a soul. A new Yamaha may not sound like that old American piano he pointed to but it is probably in far better playing condition.



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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2866905 07/07/19 08:03 AM
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A quick assessment is that there are about 30-40 grands, about half of which are probably over 6', that are truly rebuildable stock. There are quite a few very interesting square grands, and many good uprights.

Mark,

Thanks for posting that video. It gives a good overview of the situation.

Gene,

There is a reasonable chance there is a Julius Bauer in there. Thats just the type of thing Gene Roe would acquire. I cannot state it definitively though at this point.

The Chicago outfit could possibly be helpful here. Thx.

Pwg

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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2867490 07/08/19 08:21 PM
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This is going to be one tough sell at any price! if only he had decided to downsize inventory around 1990-1995 when the rebuilding market was flourishing...good luck !
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Re: Many free or cheap pianos available [Re: P W Grey] #2867508 07/08/19 10:16 PM
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Hi Martin!

Pwg


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