Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Quality of a Dominion


Hello Ralph.  I am looking for a piano as my children are in lessons and the keyboard isn't cutting it anymore!  I am being offered a Dominion piano (#11835) and wonder about the quality of it.  Can you rate the overall quality on a scale from 1 to 10?  I know there will be other pianos turn up so I wonder if I should pass on this one?  I appreciate your response.  Thank you.

Hi "Piano Search"...

This is an old baby...1905.

I'm guessing you are in Canada or the upper part of the US...Dominions were fair pianos in their day...not great.

I don't care who made it...quality or not...it's just plain old!!!!

Old pianos like this usually have issues: rusted strings, dried out action, poor tuning pin torque...etc!

Even if you were getting this for free, there's nothing like getting a piano home just to find out it can't be serviced.

Having it looked at by a qualified technician is a must.

However...let's go down a different path for a moment.

If you go to http://www.ptg.org you will find a place where you can plug in your zip code, or if you are in Canada...there's a place to find an international listing of registered technicians.

Call a few. Many, many times they have clients whom are looking to get rid of a perfectly good instrument!!!

And, the tech already knows the status of the piano.

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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