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Originally Posted by Steve Jackson
I specifically recommend from the 40's to late 60's, original condition, well preserved and maintained. ProctEr and Gamble Baldwins can be a challenge.

P&G never owned Baldwin, did they? I think there was a marketing person who came over to be Baldwin's CEO, but that is different.

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I believe an infamous CEO came from P&G to run Baldwin. Sometimes referred to, unkindly, as the “soap lady”. A reference or two later on in this thread (and a couple other times if you Google search):
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Some of the American Baldwins have really wonderful designs. They can be amazing pianos. The QC is all over the place. A joke amongst concert pianists who have played Baldwins they love is the best piano I ever played was a Baldwin concert grand. The worst piano I ever played was a Baldwin concert grand. Even with some of Steinway's notorious quality control issues, Baldwin was possibly even worse.

Sadly, current Baldwins ( from China ) have far better consistency and quality control than American Baldwins did.

Also, Baldwin made pianos at every price point from very expensive artist models down to the cheapest junk. The cheap stuff definitely devalued the perception of the better stuff.

I specifically recommend from the 40's to late 60's, original condition, well preserved and maintained. Proctor and Gamble Baldwins can be a challenge.

What’s so special about that era of Baldwins?

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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
I believe an infamous CEO came from P&G to run Baldwin. Sometimes referred to, unkindly, as the “soap lady”. A reference or two later on in this thread (and a couple other times if you Google search):
http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2327124/1.html


She had the misfortune to helm the company at the worst possible time. There were a panapoly of issues, not to mention tenacious foreign competition, and a shrinking market. She bore the brunt of dealer and shareholder complaints. Sadly, there was even a lawsuit a against her (and she prevailed).


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Originally Posted by Rich D.
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Originally Posted by Keith D Kerman
Some of the American Baldwins have really wonderful designs. They can be amazing pianos. The QC is all over the place. A joke amongst concert pianists who have played Baldwins they love is the best piano I ever played was a Baldwin concert grand. The worst piano I ever played was a Baldwin concert grand. Even with some of Steinway's notorious quality control issues, Baldwin was possibly even worse.

Sadly, current Baldwins ( from China ) have far better consistency and quality control than American Baldwins did.

Also, Baldwin made pianos at every price point from very expensive artist models down to the cheapest junk. The cheap stuff definitely devalued the perception of the better stuff.

I specifically recommend from the 40's to late 60's, original condition, well preserved and maintained. Proctor and Gamble Baldwins can be a challenge.

What’s so special about that era of Baldwins?

Rich

Baldwin produced in their original home of Cincinnati until the late 1960s, when piano production shifted to Arkansas, and action production shifted to Mexico. Some people believe that the Cincinnati pianos were of higher quality. They apparently experienced a variety of quality control issues in AR and MX.


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Dave Brubeck was also a Baldwin artist. My wife got to play his SD-10 at his home in Wilton CT where we spent a wonderful afternoon with Dave and his wife Iola back in 1987. Dave didn't play it for us during our visit. I'm pretty sure that Baldwin provided him with the piano.


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That is EXTREMELY cool!!! smile

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That is EXTREMELY cool!!! smile

Yes, it is!


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Wow! He was amazing. smile

Hope you got to hear him play a bit.


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Liberace did OK on them.


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Liberace did OK on them.

So did Bernstein and Previn

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