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Thanks Marty. This thread is very useful to me. Pianos are SO different and a lot more expensive to buy and repair. I'm getting the impression pianos are fairly adjustable in action and sound. As long as this adjustment comes at a dealer's expense before I commit to but like you suggest, there is no downside to me.


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Bill - I like how you think!

The dealer is trying to make a sale so he/she should do everything possible to meet your expectations.

Often, older pianos at a dealership, will get a general inspection but usually not a lot of fine detailing such as regulation. However, when a customer expresses an interest in a specific piano, it becomes a different story.

Generally, it is easier to smooth out and regulate an action that it is to change the "voice" of a piano. The sound is the first consideration and it seems that is what draws you to the Steinway. It takes a great deal of experience for a pianist to find the "right" instrument, but it always starts with tone.

You might be half-way there.


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