I am looking for a used piano for my 8 year old son. I don't know how to play, but my son has been taking classes for a year, he has a digital keyboard at home and the teacher recommends to start looking for an acoustic piano. So when the family goes for piano shopping my son plays the piano and he is our benchmark.
I came across a Baldwin Hamilton style 245. The piano looked okay from outside. The bottom and the back looked perfect, no cracks on soundboard, the bridges looked good. However, some of the hammers looked wrong to me. Some of the hammers looked not well aligned. Two hammers were complete misaligned. Also about 5 to 10 the keys on the treble side were sank and not producing any sound. I told the seller that the keys were sank and not working and he pressed them very hard and suddenly they started to play. He said that when a piano is not played sometime it happens.
When my son played the piano we didn't like the sound too much. This is in part because the piano is out of tune. However it could be some other problems that I am not familiar with.
The piano is being sold at $300. From what my limited knowledge it seems that it needs regulation to align the hammers? I read regulation is around $500.
The question is. Is still $1000 ($300 + regulation + tuning) a good price to pay for this piano? Or should I just move on and keep searching?
Thank you for the Help.
Below are some pictures:
Two Hammers on the right side are very misalignedhttps://photos.app.goo.gl/iJX2shjenteo2tNv5
Hammers on the left side (bass) look funnyhttps://photos.app.goo.gl/aP5Hrq27kJzeUR5cAhttps://photos.app.goo.gl/vfdVm7CbAXEnVR4u8https://photos.app.goo.gl/9bUVkPj8acgdTHZP7