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Greetings, Ralph Onesti. I found a 60-year-old Baldwin spinet piano on sale at a music store.  The hammers and keys look brand new.  I don't know what to make of that. The keys all work fine.  The piano sounds as good as any spinet that I've tried. I'm thinking that these must have been replaced.  If the hammers and keys were replaced on a piano that old, would the piano be more likely to break in the future?  Are there any other problems that might be expected with a piano whose guts and keys have been replaced?  Is there any other explanation you can suggest for a 60-year-old piano's keys and hammers to look brand new?  Thank you.

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Hi Lana:

Those old baldwin spinets (acrosonics) played forever.

I think this is just a case of a piano bought and not used very much. Usually people don't do that much work to a spinet...it's just not worth it.

However, just to be safe, go to http://www.ptg.org to where it says: locate a technician.

You can plug in your zip code and a list of qualified, registered techs will pop up. Have one take a look before you buy. It's just a service call and you will feel so much better knowing exactly what is going on.

There are no problems associated with replacing parts in a piano regardless of its age as long as the work was performed correctly.

Let me know how you make out!

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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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In business since 1964, Extensive Rebuilding/Repair/Service facility. A certified, tested, member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Member of the Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. Have performed piano service on Concert Stage, Recording Studios, and in the home. Http://www.onestipiano.com. The shop's work comes from all over the world from private clients or other techncians.

Organizations
The Piano Technicians Guild, Master Piano Technicians of America, Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys. (TASA), IAPBT. The Piano Technicians Guild is the only organization in the US that offers a certification test to become Registered. There are no "factory authorized techncians".

Publications
The Piano Technicians Journal

Education/Credentials
Attented Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia Community college all in the areas of engineering and Music. I taught a two semester course in Piano Technology and the related acoustical physics at Temple University. I have taught extensively for the Piano Technicians Guild and the Master Piano Technicians of America.

Awards and Honors
Service Award for the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania. Chapter Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.

Past/Present Clients
The list is rather extensive. I would suggest you go http://onestipiano.com/pages/testimonials.html where there is a comprehensive list of clients past and present.

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