Selling a piano
What is my piano worth?

The beautiful quote by Franz Liszt, "My piano is to me what the sailor is to his frigate, the Arab his horse, more than that, my language, my life!

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General information
Is there an organic piano?

Yeah. For real? At least in the ads. There are piano manufacturers today who advertise 'organic piano making' on their website. Or piano manufacturers who advertise with a particularly high percentage

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Finding the right piano
Which action is the right one?

All forms of mechanics that can still be found today can be played well. The underdamping mechanism, which has been standardized since the beginning of the 20th century, is the one that is commonly used today. The Renner company has been owned since

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Maintaining a Piano
How do I clean my piano?

The best thing is to keep the piano so clean that it requires little cleaning. Of course this cannot be avoided completely. Important for all who want to buy a used

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Accessories for a piano
A key for my piano?

Not every piano was delivered then - just like today - with a lock and a key. Why should a piano be locked? In fact, locked pianos are

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How is a piano transported?

Usually a piano belongs rather to the 'immobile' objects because of its enormous weight of ~175-300kg on average. Nevertheless, experience shows that a piano in the house

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Accessories for a piano
Piano stool or piano bench for me?

The most important thing for long-lasting enjoyment of playing is, besides the good piano itself, a comfortable and functional seat. Piano teachers and physiotherapists can give valuable tips here. Many famous

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Maintaining a Piano
How should my piano be tuned?

Regular tuning of the piano is necessary to maintain a good sound image, but also to preserve the substance. Whether the sound is pleasing is a matter for the ear. If a

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General information
What is the concert pitch?

Standard pitch is the standard tuning pitch that is set for a certain pitch. Until well into the 20th century, very different standard tuning pitches were found. The instrument makers

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Warranty on pianos?

First of all - the following statements do not replace legal advice and do not claim to be correct. In the concrete case please contact the

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Condition of a Pianola
Moths in a piano?

Moths are the critical pest for piano felts. Here too, unplayed pianos are more at risk. Often moths with old carpets or pieces of clothing

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Condition of a Pianola
Woodworm in the piano?

The woodworm, or more precisely the common nail beetle and its larvae love the soft woods in pianos. On old pianos, traces of woodworm infestation are often

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Condition of a Pianola
How is the piano action preserved?

The keyboard and the action are of great importance as the link between the piano player and the acoustic system. Old brand machine heads (Schwander, Renner, Keller, Langer, Flemming, etc.)

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the cast frame?

Cracks in the cast frame are rare, and are usually due to a. material defects, b. transport damage or c. tuning errors. Depending on where the crack is located, this can

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the soundboard?

The approx. 20t of string tension of a piano weigh over the tuning pegs, especially on the wooden soundpost. Except for a metal innovation by Crasselt&Rähse at that time, all pianos

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the bridges?

The bridges in the piano are glued to the soundboard and connect the strings to the soundboard. These bridges have to withstand high loads and are

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Condition of a Pianola
Cracks in the pin block?

The large sounding wooden surface in the piano under the strings is most prone to cracking. Soundboards are made of glued spruce boards and shrink when humidity is too low under

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Condition of a Pianola
Condition of the piano?

Even though almost every piano can still produce sound regardless of its condition, the widespread statement in advertisements that '...just need to be tuned...' is usually true

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Finding the right piano
Used or new piano?

The advantages of a new piano - like a car - are first ownership, the manufacturer's warranty, the pristine, immaculate condition, the possibility to customize the design, the quality of the finish and the durability.

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Composers played which pianos?

A short excursion to composers, pianists and the instruments of their time. It is often forgotten that many of the great composers on the very early upright and grand pianos

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Finding the right piano
Do pianos sound different?

We perceive sound very subjectively. Moreover, every instrument, even the same model, sounds very individual - and even different at different times. A neat

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