Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Baldwin Acrosonic

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Hi
My daughter is starting piano lessons  in two weeks so I'm looking to get a piano. Found a Baldwin Acrosonic  1954 in great shape. Is this a good choice? Or should I look for something newer?
Thanks.

Greg

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Hi Greg:

The Baldwin spinets were workhorses.

There are some drawbacks, the age not the least of which.

Spinets in general are hard and expensive to fix.

Spinets have the least desirable action configuration, which by the way, makes them expensive to repair.

Spinets are the least desirable with respect to acoustics.

So first off...I would seek out a console piano and get away from the drop action of the spinet.

And yes...a bit younger would not be a bad thing.

You can to to http://www.ptg.org. There you can plug in your zip code. A bunch of area registered technicians will pop up. Many of them have clients who want to get rid of their unused pianos and the tech will know the condition.

Let me know how you do.

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice

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