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I am coming to music from dancing (tango) and would like to purchase a piano to learn more about music.
I do not have a lot of money to spend on a piano and in searching Kijiji I found a number of pianos for free (though one must move them).
It occurs to me an ideal way of moving forward would be to have someone knowledgeable pick a promising piano and perform the necessary tuning/repairs.
Would you do this kind of work and what would you charge?
Buying a piano that way is risky. Send me the links to the ones you’re looking at, and I’ll let you know if anyone if them is worth looking at.
Thank you for getting back to me. Here are some links for free pianos in varying states:
There seems to be a fair turnover in listings. I understand of course that it is impossible to say how much it would cost to repair some of the problems listed, but if you could give me a ballpark idea of what you would charge for repair or the necessary tuning I would be grateful. I would also appreciate any input you have on where to find a reasonable piano if this likes a dead end to you.
As I said I am coming to this from dance and am interested in learning how to play, but I don`t know if it will catch me. I have tried electronic keyboards, but I don`t really like them and I really love the sound and feel of real strings.
None of these piano are actually free. They will all cost you a fair bit of money.
Keep in mind the following:
- Pianos are basically wooden machines that age like people.
- If you are buying an old piano, it WILL need repair, and repairs are expensive.
- Never move a piano yourself. Always hire a mover. It costs between $150-300
- Never buy a piano made before the first World War unless it is a great make and has been rebuilt.
- Certain makes are always terrible, for example: R.S. Williams and New Scale Williams.
- I tell approximately 25 people a year that their piano can’t be repaired and should be thrown out. It costs about $250 to junk a piano. Sometimes, instead of heeding me, they try to give them away instead. Someone else then has to pay to junk it.
The only half decent piano in this bunch is the Heintzman, but it would need about $1,000 worth of repair.
You are much better off saving your money up and buying something that could be resold if you change your mind ie: something that looks good, plays good and is not too old or too big.
I’d suggest you pop into Robert Lowrey’s Piano Experts at 957 Eglinton Ave. E. and look at their “beginner pianos”. That will give you an idea if what you should be looking for, and how much you should spend.
Thank you very much for your insight and suggestions. I will certainly take them to heart. I had no idea pianos aged so difficultly…
I will also certainly call you for a tuning if I buy a piano.
PS- The thing that sold me on your website was the line- I am not cheap. Exactly what I want.