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Hello,

A friend offered me a Spector and Son's Baby Grand Piano that he inherited. I'm told it needs 8 keys replaced, but beside that just a good tuning. How hard or costly would it be to replace the keys? Is this company considered a quality piano maker? Worth the trouble? Et cetera...? Not sure what I'm getting into really.

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Jack.

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Hello Jack!  You didn't mention what your incentive is for accepting the piano and going to the expense of having it repaired.  Will you or someone in your family plan to play it regularly? or would this be for an investment?  I suggest you first have the instrument professionally assessed for 1) what it would cost to restore and 2) what it's value would be after the restoration.  If the latter price is significantly greater than the former price, then yes, it may be worth the expense.  There's a lot to wear out on a piano.  Simply making the keys look nice will do nothing for the action, strings, tuning stability, sound board, all of which may be in terrible condition.  

My concern is that you do not end up with a nice looking instrument that no one can play.  Consider the fact the instrument is over a century old.  If the appraiser says the instrument is worth restoring then by all means restore it as an investment.  If the appraiser determines the piano's restored value would ultimately be less than what you're likely to invest in it, then I'd suggest you pass on the offer.  

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics. If you need a piano's date of manufacture, please go to http://www.pianoexchange.com/howold.htm or http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/pianoage.html I am happy to answer musical or technical questions, however, I CANNOT offer appraisals on pianos or organs. Please do not ask what an instrument is worth. For this service please contact an experienced local appraiser or try the following links: https://mmm1100.verio-web.com/blueb1/appraisal.html or http://www.57piano.com/questions.htm

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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I am a full time organ/piano technician who has been actively involved with the design, building, repair, maintenance and installation of organs and pianos for 35 years. I began as a keyboard instrument apprentice and hold degrees in music and electronics.

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