Purchasing a Used Upright Steinway Piano

Piano is an investment and it is important that you know the proper care for this instrument. When you have chosen a Steinway piano, you can choose between an upright or grand piano. If you chose an upright Steinway piano, the first thing to consider is the purpose, spatial and acoustic capacities.

The upright Steinway has the characteristic that its strings are fitted vertically from the bottom part of the instrument upward. The action is installed vertically too. The development of this structure was asked for in the 18th century and also by the requirement of the French court to save space. The upright pianos are in greater size and does occupy as much space as the grand piano. It is usually use for practicing, placed in small apartments and an ideal instrument for those beginning player who’s searching for a lower price.

The average upright piano can occupy the space of (150 x 60 cm) 5ft x 2ft. Most upright pianos are controlled by the central pedal or using small lever in the side filler of the keyboard or from below under the keyboard. It has also the function of strong quietening of the entire instrument. When the function of the moderator is active, the tone timber changes too. It is suitable for people who do not want to disturb the neighborhood while playing the piano during the night.

A taller upright piano models of the height of 120 cm and more have longer bass strings and larger surface of the resonance board. Thus, they make a fuller and longer lasting bass tones.

Upright Steinway pianos have 2 pedals at the minimum. The right pedal is used to prolong the tones of the whole range of the instrument. However, the left pedal is used to bring the hammers nearer the strings in order to weaken the tone. The entire keyboard shifts, together with the action, to the side, the hammers thereby hit 2 strings only instead of 3 in medium and high tones and one instead of two strings in the bass section. When a central pedal is installed, it functions as the moderator.

Also, take into account the most essential elements to determine the quality and long-term usage of the instrument. You need to consider the resonance board, the cast-iron frame, level of wear of the action and keyboard. Check whether there are no moths and woodworms in the instrument and whether the instrument stays tuned etc.

When purchasing an upright Steinway, you can be assured you can always repair the piano. Steinway never used parts or styles that went out of fashion. You can always buy parts for Steinway. The Steinway systems never go obsolete.

It is important to pay attention to the fact whether the instrument has not been in an environment that is too humid. Several days in a long stay of the instrument in an open passage way of the house in humid weather can absolutely destroy the instrument. It is also important that the piano was not stored in a very dry location causing cracks in the soundboard.

Steinway pianos need the proper placement, regular maintenance, cleaning, adjustment of the action and tuning. By doing this, the instrument can be preserved in perfect condition even to the next century.

With a regular maintenance and cleaning, you can prevent occurrence of moths, woodworms, and even rodents in the instrument. Also, regular tuning and intonation, the instrument shall preserve its peculiar sound, and the players will not damage their perception of music by false tones. This is important for children who are learning to play an instrument, in order not to deform their perception of the entire instrument.