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#3072045 01/20/21 08:11 PM
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Hey y'all.

My piano search continues. I'm on the hunt for a piano for my recording studio. Limited funds have me looking at Yamaha U3's and I've got a bunch lined up to try soon but I keep thinking about a grand piano.

I recently came across a local Baldwin Model M. Built in 1963. Original owner. Moved once. Played very rarely. It was moved in 1994 to it's current location and sat in the living room ever since. Never tuned since before it was moved. The guy is asking $5K CDN for the piano and I'm quite curious about it. I've read great things about this model and era of Baldwins but I'm curious if a piano sitting that long untuned is a huge red flag.

My plan is to go and try it out and inspect it and if it looks good, to my untrained eye, hire someone to go and and inspect it. Should I also get them to tune it before it moves if I decide to buy it or is that money down the drain? My concern is that a piano sitting that long maybe have issues from not being tuned but I know nothing about that.

Any insight before I revert back to my original Yamaha U3 plan would be great. I just prefer the feel of sitting at grand more than an upright.

Thanks!

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Should not have any tuning issues per se simply from sitting around. Definitely get it thoroughly examined preferably by whomever you use/will use to maintain it. Probably needs some reconditioning work, and might benefit by a set of bass strings. Just an educated guess.

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Thank you Peter. I didn't mean to post this in the tuning forum but glad I did. Thanks!

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Have it tuned before you buy it.
Some Baldwin grands had pinblock problems that made fine tuning very difficult.


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Although what Ed says is true, a high quality inspection SHOULD expose any likely problems in this regard. Therefore, if there is the slightest question, yes it should be fully tuned prior to purchase (will cost you a but more money) just to be sure.

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What are the pinblock problems? I have a couple Baldwin ST's( early 60's), the pinblocks are such very nice quality that i just decided to go up a pin size rather than replace.

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I consider this piano to be one of the best short pianos ever produced. It should be good to start with (follow above advice to be sure) and if rebuilt could be upgraded for even greater performance.


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