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I guess...for the used piano we should really try before buying? (or at least get a tech to try with you?)
But for new....i may trust the quality being stable for that brand and I would think buying new is more perfect condition? And if I try the display, then i know this model of piano can be like this so just a matter of tuning when I get the new? It won't be too far off?
Even pianos of the same make and model can sound quite different, and there is no guarantee one you haven't tried can be voiced, regulated, and tuned to sound and feel like the one you liked. Fairly close probably, but fairly close is not good enough for some pianists.

I agree—- and will add that the floor model will have been tuned several times, possibly regulated and voiced. Will save $$$ because of the prep.

Yes, I would agree with dogperson IF all the pianos on dispay in a store were all prepped. This is not always (or often) true. Therefore, for the 'normal' buyer (a not accomplished pianist) the differences between a sight unseen piano and a piano in a store would be not so clear, especially if we take into account that the sound of a piano can change depending on the preparation (and on who is making the voicing) and also it can change in the years or depending on the placement in a room.

The only thing I guess is important to check is the brand and the feeling of the keyboard. Once you choose a keyboard action the choice of a better piano is often a matter of good luck (for a not experienced pianist).

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Part of the problem is that post COVID-19 piano technicians are booked up and out. My trusted tech retired not long after the lockdown and I asked around and found a highly skilled replacement that has a several week backlog. It’s harder for dealers to get and keep all the pianos fully prepped and in tune. One of the great things about working from home is that the daily commute time can be redirected to practicing piano. I’d much rather play than drive.


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Also, it’s pretty much anybody’s guess how each country/region will react to things opening back up after a very long year. Will all the new piano students actually want to stay home for piano practice time or get back to playing sports?


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My answer:. It's my intention to sink some thousands restoring a shell for the fun of it, and, I DO aim for a playable grand when done!!

Therefore, it hardly matters what it sounds like now, because it's going to be gutted anyway.... More important, I guiltily admit, is that it is aesthetically pleasing and the keybed in restorable shape. I'm completely prepared for new pinblock and bridges, hoping to not have to do the soundboard though...

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