Painted black ebony keys issue:
Please note I am now looking to see if my current technician / tuner will be able to restore the "painted" keys on this grand as it has the same issue as my previous Baldwin SF-10 grand that had the painted black ebony keys (from the same store) in which the paint chips off into little black specks when you play since the paint is not durable and is not permanent -- needless to say it is an aggravating issue when you just want to play without any other problems -- here is the other post below as I ask some questions in the Tuner-Technician forum:Painted ebony keys problem
Will soon be meeting with my tuner / technician so he can do the first tuning and adjust a few keys for some damper resonance issues and adjust the sustain pedal for a little bit of noise and a clicking sound. My tuner will need to consult with another technician and restoration expert at another shop should they decide to strip off this paint and restore the black keys back to their original ebony wood surfaces assuming that my grand has ebony wood keys. There are more questions that need to be answered before we can proceed with this work, unfortunately.
The store I had purchased my grand from has been "painting" the black keys on the older "certified rebuilt" grands to make the keys look shiny & glossy although the paint (or, coating) being used is not working. Have already brought this to the attention of the store owner and since I will NOT be sending the black keys back to them under warranty (being out of state) it is simply easier to have a local technician close to me sand and scrape the keys back down to their original ebony wood surfaces and perhaps add a dark dye if it improves the appearance. Still waiting to see if my local technician is willing to proceed with the work.
Aside from this aggravating black keys issue the piano is playing very nicely as for overall tone and action and it just needs the first tuning and some minor damper regulation with a few bass notes. If you are a perfectionist as I am these issues can be very irritating to say the least and I just go to playing my other digital pianos when I am not as happy with what's going on with the acoustic grand!