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Antique Pianos

I can’t count how many times people have asked me if antique pianos are worth a lot of money. A piano must function well as a musical instrument, have a good sound, and an action that is comfortable to play. So many so called,” antique pianos”, have cracked sounboards, cracked pin blocks, notes that don’t play due to a myriad of action problems including and not limited to worn hammers, tight action bushings, broken jacks, worn felt, and the list goes on.

Typically there are many pianos still around that are 75 to a 100 years old that have not been taken care of. It’s rare to find a piano that old that is still playable. I just went on a service call this week, it was a Chickering & Sons Quarter-Grand Circa 1901. Unfortunatly, I wasn’t able to tune this magnificent antigue piano. The bass section had many loose tuning pins and the strings sounded like rubber bands. When I tried to put tension on the strings they wouldn’t hold. This piano was totally useless as a musical instrument and wasn’t worth the $400 dollars she paid for it, what a shame!

Genarally speaking, the only antique pianos that a worth a lot of money are unusual pianos, such as square grands, all Steinways, regardless of condition, and museum pieces.

The Moral of the story is: if you are looking to buy a piano and you’re not sure what it’s worth, contact a professional, and pay him what he is worth, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run!

Musician

First and foremost I’m a musician. I started playing guitar in 1964 and never quit. I love all kinds of guitar music from classical to rock and blues. My biggest influence in my early days was Eric Clapton and he still is today. He is an amazing musician and has had a long career with many musical styles along the way. Classical guitar was my next endeavor with Andres Segovia being my biggest influence. I love to finger pick and have a Martin and a Breedlove. I really enjoy playing Scott Joplins rags transcribed for the guitar. I can sight read almost anything, thanks to my father. My father recognized I had musical abilities and started me with guitar lessons at an early age. I studied guitar with a jazz guitarist, and learned to read music from him, along with extensive ear training. Piano was always my favorite instrument, but my Father never could afford one. It was my priority to get one and shortly after I graduated High School I saved my money and bought one. It needed a lot of work and I didn’t have the money to fix it, so I had to learn how to fix it myself. This started my journey to becoming a piano technician. I became an apprentice to a piano tuner and learned the right way to tune, by ear. I found this even more difficult and had to spend long hours practising tuning. Finally, after many years of tuning it became second nature and my tunings got better and better. I love playing on a freshly tuned piano, it sounds brand new! I’ve taught myself to play piano mostly by ear. I can read some piano music, but I find classical on the piano extremely difficult! I’m sure it’s because I started piano when I was in my early twenties. I believe in order to play classical piano you must start very young and learn the right way!

             MY FIRST PIANO

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             GUITAR AT THE BEACH 

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