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Hello there, I need to buy a new piano and I have spotted a RIPPEN today.
I ended up deciding between a RIPPEN and a WEINBACH.

I am not a classical pianist but I play some blues, ragtime, gypsy swing , honky-tonk, tango , waltzes and much more.
I play by ear and I work as a professional musician since about 20 years.
So I often record as well.


You should know that I had a LINDNER piano for a long time, made in SHANNON Ireland.
I know about all of its almost irreversible flaws, but I loved its sound a lot.
Never found anything like that, in good and bad.

I learnt to know that the RIPPEN brand is the actual made from HOLLAND of both these pianos and read a lot about it.
I had the impression that RIPPEN is a better quality and reliable version of the LINDNER.


Today I have tried a RIPPEN upright piano for sale at 400 euros and I actually liked it and it is very similar to the LINDNER sound.
It is the first piano among many others that I have already tried that I found closer to my likes.

Thing is that I have to decide between the RIPPEN UPRIGHT and a WEINBACH (much better conditions, Petrof family as most of the people know) for about 1000euros, actually worth it way more than that, 'cause it is my cousin's piano, so it is a good deal.

Playing the WEINBACH I find myself a bit weird. Like if the keys are too sensitive.
It seems to be TOO GOOD for me, if you know what I mean. At the same time, compared to many other VERY GOOD pianos, I find the WEINBACH better, especially its dark, warmer sound.

However , playing the RIPPEN it feels more like home to me.
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I have a big doubt though. I know that I could definitely get used to play the WEINBACH and I am sure I would have a quality sound, in any case. But it doesn't feel the same playing the upright RIPPEN.

I like the "music box" type of sound the RIPPEN has a lot and it feels nicer to me in some way.
I cannot say the same for the KEYS ACTION though.

I also know a great piano technician so he would eventually fix and improve it.
He is very very good.



I am quite confused.


My question is, being used to playing cheaper , upright pianos,
do you think it would be silly to prefer the RIPPEN to the WEINBACH?

Please let me know your thoughts about it.
I can provide some pictures of both pianos and serial numbers too.




kind regards


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I don't know anything about Rippen or Weinbach. But only you can decide which is right for you. It sounds to me like you already know which one you like, but you are looking for someone else to justify making the "better" purchase for you. We don't want to do that, and you should not allow us to do that.

I would always advise to get the piano that you like better. The other may grow on you, and it may not. So get the one you like. In the future if you change your opinion and the piano is no longer for you, then you can go shopping again.

In your case, at €1400 you could have both pianos (plus costs associated with shipping and maintenance.) So if you are really worried about this decision, and you have the space, why not get both?

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A good technician will absolve a multitude of sins, and you will probably not go wrong with either piano, or both. The technician can be more important than the piano.


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Dear Wry Guy,
what you say is absolutely right and this is actually the case : )
But it is also true that I have always played half-destroyed piano in my life.
2 times I have left, travelling on my own, hunting random broken pianos in Europe.
I have always felt happy to spot a dusty , abandoned piano in a pub and give it some life back.

Thing is the technician is kind of ignoring me 'cause he is quite busy, but I need one now.
I have been searching for a piano since 1 year now

I don't have much money, so I can't afford both, nor I can afford to spend more than 200e to fix the RIPPEN.
I could get the WEINBACH only because my cousin would let me pay something, month by month.


I am interested in the RIPPEN but I have noticed it has quite a few things to get fixed and I am also afraid of the hammers....They look pretty consumed.

Off course if the technician will be available, I will have a lucid response about the RIPPEN, but until then I just cannot decide really what's better for me.

I truly haven't much experience about objectively good pianos....I mean I have played them but never had one in my room, never got to know them very well.

Also I don't want to end up with a nice old piano, but spending too much money to fix it and then regret the choice I have made.


I would like to see some more feedback about the 2 pianos and I hope the technician will come with me soon to check the RIPPEN.


Thank you all for your time anyway and thanks for reading my thoughts lads.

I have learnt many things on this website and I really find it useful, even just to share some thoughts smile

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I agree with you, that's why I rely on the technician a lot.
I have seen this with my own eyes!


I hope he gets back to me soon.... frown

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Could you get the Rippen inspected by another technician?


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I'll have to find someone else if the actual technician ditches me....


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