Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Hardman & Peck

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I am trying to find a reasonable grand for a school/church and came across someone selling a Hardman and Peck grand that is over 100 years old. It's privately owned and said to be in great shape. I read your post about these pianos and was wondering if it was well kept would it still give years of good music. Will this hold up with age as some do?

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Yes, a hundred-plus-year-old piano can still be an instrument of good musical quality.  The grand at our theatre organ club, for example, is 110 and still in use for our performances.  Has the piano been rebuilt?  If not, that can run into the thousands.  Best bet is to get an appraisal from a respected piano technician who can check out the piano, soundboard, bridges, pinblock, and action, and tell you of its general condition.  You can get referrals from PTG, the piano technician's guild, but I wouldn't stop there.  You can enquire at music stores and local teachers about who has the best reputation.  The PTG will only recommend their "registered" technicians, but don't worry if the tech you select is "registered" or not, many fine technicians have never bothered with it.  Good luck!

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PLEASE NOTE! I do NOT give values of pianos OR dates! The piano service questions I can cover include general information about piano tuning: how often should a piano be tuned, what if a piano has been neglected, what is a pitch raise, how long does it take, how much should I expect to pay for service, and so forth. I can also provide information about common repairs and adjustments, such as keys that don't work, those that continue to sound after you have let off the key, how important is the regulation, can I change the tone of my piano, how can I get the keytops repaired/replaced, and so on. I DO NOT provide resale values of instruments for two reasons: first, a technician has to physically check out a unit in order to appraise its value accurately, and second, values vary widely from one part of the country to another. I also do not offer advice as to care of the piano case, as that is better left to woodworkers and cabinet makers. I also DO NOT provide information about the age of a piano, that info can be accessed at http://www.pianoatlas.com.

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I have been a piano tuner/technician in the Midwestern USA since 1974, working with customers and music stores to provide service to their pianos. I do tuning and repairs and provide free estimates on my services and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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Empire School of Piano Technology, 1973, Apprenticeship at Century Keyboards, Joplin, MO. Also I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Missouri Southern State University in 1990.

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