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https://www.kijiji.ca/v-piano-keybo...00-almost-new-made-in-germany/1623800506

A friend is looking for piano at this price range (Canadian dollar), and I found this.
But the cast plate looks different from the Labau version.
Also the seller told me its about 70 inch long, which isn't exactly 170..


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Also, it looks like the strings are looped and not individually hitched?

Are you thinking this is likely a Czech/Petrof version of the Forster?


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Yes..otherwise the price could be too good to be true.
I didn’t know the czech Forster is made by Petrof. Is it mean it’s the same quality as petrof? (I’m not big fan of petrof but they are not bad either)


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That's a Petrof badged as Forster. The sound holes on the German Forster are all open. Do a quick google search and look up Weinbach and Petrof pianos from the same period.

To call it almost new is a bit of a stretch since it is over 25 years old, and the price seems to be fairly high. These pianos have older Czech built actions and they're frankly not very good. They can be sluggish and heavy, and they're not comparable to any new pianos being built today.

They can sound very nice, they have a good scale design, and they're fairly solid instruments, but they're awkward in many ways. The piano will probably need a lot of regulation and voicing to bring it to a good standard if this hasn't been done already so when thinking about the price, if your friend is set on that piano, think about the work that might need to be done to it. If the piano was around 8000 CAD it would be more realistic, but I don't know the Canadian market and I'm kind of pulling that figure from UK prices converted to CAD.


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Originally Posted by Joseph Fleetwood
That's a Petrof badged as Forster. The sound holes on the German Forster are all open. Do a quick google search and look up Weinbach and Petrof pianos from the same period.

To call it almost new is a bit of a stretch since it is over 25 years old, and the price seems to be fairly high. These pianos have older Czech built actions and they're frankly not very good. They can be sluggish and heavy, and they're not comparable to any new pianos being built today.

They can sound very nice, they have a good scale design, and they're fairly solid instruments, but they're awkward in many ways. The piano will probably need a lot of regulation and voicing to bring it to a good standard if this hasn't been done already so when thinking about the price, if your friend is set on that piano, think about the work that might need to be done to it. If the piano was around 8000 CAD it would be more realistic, but I don't know the Canadian market and I'm kind of pulling that figure from UK prices converted to CAD.

Thank you! I'll give it a pass then. I have only played a few Petrof upright from 1990s was not impressed.


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Originally Posted by Joseph Fleetwood
That's a Petrof badged as Forster. The sound holes on the German Forster are all open. Do a quick google search and look up Weinbach and Petrof pianos from the same period.

To call it almost new is a bit of a stretch since it is over 25 years old, and the price seems to be fairly high. These pianos have older Czech built actions and they're frankly not very good. They can be sluggish and heavy, and they're not comparable to any new pianos being built today.

They can sound very nice, they have a good scale design, and they're fairly solid instruments, but they're awkward in many ways. The piano will probably need a lot of regulation and voicing to bring it to a good standard if this hasn't been done already so when thinking about the price, if your friend is set on that piano, think about the work that might need to be done to it. If the piano was around 8000 CAD it would be more realistic, but I don't know the Canadian market and I'm kind of pulling that figure from UK prices converted to CAD.

+1. It's not a Förster from Löbau.


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