Robert Estrin - piano expert

The myth of the $1,000 piano

Have you ever thought of buying a cheap piano? Watch this video...

If you have ever thought of buying a cheap piano, be sure to watch this video to understand how to move into the piano market without regrets and only benefits.

Released on March 26, 2014

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Dawn * VSM MEMBER * on April 19, 2014 @7:43 pm PST
Hi Robert. I found a beautiful piano it's a Hazelton Brothers 1899 parlor grand piano, an antique shop sold it to me for $3,500. It needs a few things their are some broken strings, needs a tunning, a few hammers need reshaped. My question for you, this piano is the real deal it's made of Honduras wood and has real ivory (now light yellow) keys. How do I care for the wood? It's not plastic, I'm sure I'll want to dust it or wipe it down but how do you do that with something 115 yrs old?
Robert - host, on April 21, 2014 @10:44 am PST
If the finish is O.K., simply dust with a soft cotton cloth. If there are smudges, you can dampen the cloth slightly and rub in the direction of the wood grain.
Fulvia * VSM MEMBER * on March 27, 2014 @5:12 pm PST
Thanks for the explanation, Robert. My current upright Yamaha is perfect for me, I love it!
Fulvia * VSM MEMBER * on March 26, 2014 @6:39 pm PST
Some 30 years ago, I got lucky to find a massive good upright piano, at least 50 years old, made in Chicago. Extremely heavy, it took 4 strong men to get it in the living room. There was an odd problem with that piano, the keyboard was higher than any other piano I had owned. By any chance would you know why? It was a problem for a short person like me, I had to use an antique "rotary" stool and sit on the edge in order to rest the feet on the floor. I am not sure now, but I think the brand name was Campbell.
Robert - host, on March 27, 2014 @10:02 am PST
You have noticed a fact of pianos - the keyboards are at different heights! Overall, Asian pianos have higher keyboards than American pianos.

Sometimes with older pianos, when casters are replaced, this can change the height of the keyboard. If you have caster cups under the wheels, this too can change the height.

Nevertheless, there are varying heights of keyboards on pianos. Many older uprights have higher keyboards than smaller uprights.

The best solution is to have an adjustable artist bench so you can sit at the ideal position. Thanks for the interesting observation!
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