Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Baldwin/Monarch Piano


I found this piano on craigslist in minnesota.  Here is what the ad says and here is the picture of the piano.  I'm just wondering if it is worth my time to bring it home and have it tuned.  I have a yamaha console, but I really want something with a larger sound board and harp.  This one is free (tis the season for free pianos in the mid west).  Thank you in advance for you opinion.  Kristine.  here's the ad notes:  Small upright Monarch Piano in excellent shape. All the keys andstrings in perfect shape. May need tuning. Free if you haul it out

Hi Kristine,

It would be very, very difficult to recommend the acquisition of a piano that is at least 72 years (and probably older) since the Monarch brand was discontinued in 1942. A larger piano can indeed produce a better sound than a console, but this doesn't sound like an upgrade.

Have the piano visually inspected by a technician to be sure of what you would be getting. You may be getting stuck with someone else's headaches. You can get a referral from the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.


I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

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Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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