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Hamilton Baby Grand
#2957720 03/16/20 03:14 PM
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My wife and I have been offered an older Hamilton piano for free from a friend. We are leaning towards declining for the reasons that follow, but I thought I would ask here first. The person giving it to us is doing so because they are selling their house and don't want it anymore. They said it hasn't been tuned in 6 years, and the tuner that tuned it said it would need to be tuned frequently since there was something wrong with the sound board. My wife stopped in and briefly looked at it, and it was of course extremely out of tune. There was also an F# (F#4 I think) that didn't work at all. Should we pass on this? We are both musicians that play other instruments, and are probably considered beginners when it comes to piano playing. We've been thinking of getting a piano for years now, but never follow through with it. Again, we are probably going to tell them we are not interested unless we hear otherwise.

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Re: Hamilton Baby Grand
marob #2957737 03/16/20 03:57 PM
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How much would you be willing to invest in a playable piano?

You can see issues with the keys, damper problems, and a large soundboard crack. There aren’t enough pictures of a high enough resolution to notice much, honestly.

If you thought you were serious, the typical advice here would be to have the piano inspected by a technician prior to making a decision.


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marob #2957743 03/16/20 04:22 PM
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These problems of not being able to stay in tune are really serious.
One cannot just fix these easily. It could be loose tuning pins or the actual pinblock
itself is cracked or broken.
Sometimes a cracked soundboard will not cause problems.Sometimes notes start
buzzing !
That is a big crack in the soundboard ! To me ,I would say just pass on this one.
The piano may be useful for someone or some child desperate for a piano.
So even though it looks like perhaps it has some life left in it .(from what your technician
said ) I would not take it before having a good technician check the piano properly
and give you an estimate on how much repairs would cost.

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marob #2957756 03/16/20 04:49 PM
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Looking at the pics, I think you are wise to pass on this freebee. Grands of any size take up a good bit of space. Think "dining room table" when you think about having a grand piano in your house.

Plus, I'm no pro, but that Hamilton was one of the lower end grands made and sold by Baldwin.

Ultimately, however, the decision is yours... I'm a fan of freebee pianos, and have taken a few, but there are limits. smile

Good luck, and welcome to Piano World!

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marob #2957762 03/16/20 05:04 PM
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Hold out for a better piano. Especially since you are both musicians. There's nothing worse that a piano that can't hold its tune. Well, maybe the only thing worse than a piano that can't hold its tune, is a piano that can't hold its tune that you have to pay someone to get it out of your living room!

When you're ready to commit to owning a piano, save up, you can find something relatively inexpensive, but you'll enjoy it more, and get more out of it, if you have a reliable instrument.

Good luck.


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