Want to buy a Steinway piano? A complete rebuilt Steinway piano will cost you half of the retail price of a new piano. However, low price is not the only factor to consider in buying a piano. Although low price will definitely give you a sparkling aura, caution should be observed. Since you are reading this article, I will assume you have decided to get a Steinway. If that’s the case, you have lots of advantages. Aside from the fact that Steinway piano is one of the most notable quality instruments, it is also best for an investment. Since you are buying a Steinway, the more that you will want to be cautious in your purchase. You want to get the most value!
The following are the factors to consider to help you out in your purchase:
Know your piano tuner and rebuilder. Rebuilding involves the complete restoration of every parts of the piano. So, it is important to know how good is the rebuilder. Is he a reputable piano rebuilder and dealer? Is he a qualify person to do the job? Piano rebuilding requires a very detailed work. Make sure you are dealing with a rebuilder who does not compromise the quality of his work.
Make sure of the quality of the rebuilding process. Do not interchanged the word rebuilt and reconditioned. They are different terms. Rebuilt in its true meaning is the total replacement of the parts that are worn out or damaged. This would mean parts of the action, pinblock, soundboard repair if necessary and cosmetic restoration to the case and hardware. Since the piano has thousands of parts, complete restoration is also expensive. If the price is too cheap that won’t even compensate the total rebuilding, so be on your guard. Remember the words “too good to be true” is often not good at all. Moreover, make sure to ask the piano rebuilder of the parts that were replaced and those that were not. Ask the condition of those parts that were not replaced.
Know the age of the piano. Learning the age will help you understand the value of the piano. A Steinway piano that was manufactured during the “golden age” is known for its quality, craft and durability. Several pianists have claimed that older Steinway is still a far better value than buying a “new” Steinway.
Ask about its history. Asking about its history will give you a glimpse on how it was cared for. Who was the owner? Is it regularly maintained or it was left unused for several years? Does the rebuilder knows about its tuning history? Is it played regularly? Is it abused? With these questions answered, you can have your personal assessment whether you have to go for it or decline.
Ask about the moving agreement. Location is also important. If you are buying it from other country or state, make sure you have clear agreement on how to move the piano. Do not try to move the piano by yourself. Moving a piano is a sensitive job and will cost you more. Have a clear understanding with your dealer on the process of moving the piano to your place. Also, ask for the moving charge.
In buying a rebuilt piano, it is important that you are equipped with knowledge and guarded with your rights. Be alert and observe carefully. Make sure to examine several pianos so you can make some mental comparison.