Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Buying a Bauer piano


A piano technician has told me he has a Julius Bauer piano 1925, rebuilt by a reputable man in Los Angeles. It is 6ft long in Ebony & the action was replaced with a Renner action & was rebuilt 8-10 years ago. They are asking 11,000$ for it. Does this seem reasonable?

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Hard to tell!

Here is what I would want before I spent my good bucks on a "rebuilt" piano:

1. Name of the rebuilder.

2. Is the rebuilder a REGISTERED member of the Piano Technicians Guild?

3. Has the piano been inspected by a REGISTERED member of the Piano Technicians Guild?

4. Conditions of warranty in writing.

Remember, Bauer is a piano of no repute. This may be a good buy...then again...not.

We need the following checked:

1. Tuning Pin torque

2. Condition of the rib/soundboard assembly

3. Bridge cap condition and integrity

4. Viability of the action in total.

Without these things it's a crap shoot. 11K might be ok...or not!

Keep me posted and let me know if you run in to any road blocks.

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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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