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Hi!
I am thinking of getting an upright piano. Probably a cheap one. I don't know much about pianos other than being able to the play piano. What should I look for when getting an acoustic upright piano? Is it enough to just buy the piano or do a technician need to look at it? I am getting a piano in order to play an acoustic (instead of only using my digital one) and also in order to play together with some other musicians. What can you as an experts tell me?

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Hi Hank:

I would stick with a studio console...say around 48"

Kawai does very well in this area.

There are many good, used pianos out there.

If you are going new...stay away from Chinese pianos, and try to stick with Taiwan or Japan.

If you are going used...YES...have a technician look at it and not just any "technician". You will want someone who is REGISTERED with the piano technicians guild.

Go to http://www.ptg.org. You can plug in your zip code and find a tech. Many time technicians have clients who want to sell their piano. The technician who serviced it would know it best.

OK...now...there is not rushing and no such thing as the "last time to buy at this price". That is all sales hype.

Go shopping and stay close to me. I can help with the process along the way.

Two hints: You do NOT need to leave your phone number with a sales person. They will hound you to death.  AND...you do NOT have to leave a deposit to hold a piano...more hype.

OK...let's start the shopping process.

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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.

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The Piano Technicians Journal

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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.

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