2017 was our 20th year online!

Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 3 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments.
Over 100,000 members from around the world.
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Shop our online store for music lovers
SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad) SWEETWATER Cyber Week Deals
(ad)
Best of Piano Buyer
 Best of Piano Buyer
(ad)
Faust Harrison Pianos
Faust Harrison 100+ Steinway pianos
(ad)
Wessell Nickel & Gross
PianoForAll
Who's Online Now
65 members (Bellicapelli, brdwyguy, bobrunyan, Abdol, b4xter, BravoRomeo, 21 invisible), 691 guests, and 454 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
C
1000 Post Club Member
OP Offline
1000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
I read an article in the May/June Clavier Companion regarding purchasing a used piano. The author cautions readers to avoid any instruments made after WW II that had aluminum plating. Did Steinway ever use that form of plating? I am considering purchasing a used Steinway and this is the first I've heard of aluminum plating.


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 30,155
B
BDB Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
B
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 30,155
I think you mean aluminum plates. They were used in some inexpensive small uprights, not Steinways.


Semipro Tech
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
C
1000 Post Club Member
OP Offline
1000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
Thanks, BDB, yes I meant aluminum plates. smile


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1,131
S
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
S
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1,131
A number of low cost instruments, I recall there were even some cheap small grands, had plates (or string frames) made of aluminum (ALCOA plate)instead of the iron. One of the selling points was that aluminum made the piano lighter. Of course the down side was that any piano with an aluminum plate was plagued with unresolvable stability issues due to the way aluminum plates move more than the iron.

Yes, one would be best served avoiding such an instrument.


PTG Associate
AIO Regular Member
ASCAP
Pipe Organ Builder
Chief Instrument Technician, Director, Chancel Arts
Church Music Professional
AA Music Arts 2001, BM Organ, Choral 2005


Baldwin F 1960 (146256)
Zuckermann Flemish Single
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439
Unless, of course, one wants a piano for the lounge area of a personal blimp.


Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,072

Silver Supporter until December 19, 2014
2000 Post Club Member
Offline

Silver Supporter until December 19, 2014
2000 Post Club Member
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,072
What few pianos with aluminum harps that I serviced - old spinets and consoles - had a rather annoying resonance. Like playing the thing in a tin can. Yes, steer clear of these.


Bob W.
Piano Technician (Retired since 2006)
Conway, Arkansas
www.pianotechno.blogspot.com
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
C
1000 Post Club Member
OP Offline
1000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
Thanks everyone. I was asking only about Steinways - and for me, I'm interested in a grand piano rebuild, so it's safe to say Steinway did not use aluminum.


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439
Yes, it's safe to say. Even during WW-II, their GI pianos had cast iron frames.


Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
C
1000 Post Club Member
OP Offline
1000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
Yes, it's safe to say. Even during WW-II, their GI pianos had cast iron frames.


thumb


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1,131
S
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
S
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1,131
I would lean away from a Steinway upright however.


PTG Associate
AIO Regular Member
ASCAP
Pipe Organ Builder
Chief Instrument Technician, Director, Chancel Arts
Church Music Professional
AA Music Arts 2001, BM Organ, Choral 2005


Baldwin F 1960 (146256)
Zuckermann Flemish Single
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
C
1000 Post Club Member
OP Offline
1000 Post Club Member
C
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,990
Thanks SMHaley, I'm looking at grands.


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member

Moderated by  Piano World 

Link Copied to Clipboard
What's Hot!!
Pianos - Organs - & Keyboards, Oh My!
My first professionally recorded piece
---------------------
Visit Maine, Meet Mr. Piano World
---------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(ad)
Pianoteq
Steinway Spiro Layering
(ad)
PianoDisc

PianoDisc
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Mason & Hamlin Pianos
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Working while pregnant
by Elsbels - 12/07/21 07:41 AM
Improve sound of Casiotone CT-S1
by Charline - 12/07/21 07:28 AM
Which pedals are compatible with Yamaha P-515?
by Olie222 - 12/07/21 05:32 AM
Constant instrument hopping: the recorder
by meghdad - 12/07/21 04:39 AM
Es920 production stopped??
by playplayplay - 12/07/21 12:07 AM
Download Sheet Music
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Forum Statistics
Forums42
Topics210,425
Posts3,151,145
Members103,545
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Please Support Our Advertisers

Faust Harrison 100+ Steinways

Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

 Best of Piano Buyer

PianoTeq Bechstein
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads



 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | MapleStreetMusicShop.com - Our store in Cornish Maine


© copyright 1997 - 2021 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5