Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Monarch by Baldwin upright piano


Chad wrote at 2013-09-19 15:36:46

These smaller upright pianos have great looking cases.  I'm currently purchasing one here in Kansas City.  The keys were chipped on the ends when I first looked at the piano but the store has shaved or buffed them so the cracked sections have been removed. (Looks great now)  He called this removal process waterfall??  The piano has a great sound and I am very impressed with the action.  I say keep that piano, it's lasted your family well the last 80 years and with some tweaking from a piano tech it will last another 80!  I'm not a piano technician but a professional pianist.  While the new pianos look good and have a warranty, that Monarch has shown how well it can hold up well past the new pianos 10 year warranty.

Since it's been three years since you posted the original questions, what did you do with the piano?


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Samuel Noel


I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.


I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

The Piano Technicians Guild, New York Chapter

Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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