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Jeremy Duckles
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Piano Tuning, Sales, and Restoration
Piano Tuning, Sales, and Restoration

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Steinway grand piano, model A, 6’1” in length, made in 1896, in original condition. Beautiful fluted barrel legs and Victorian styling. $6,000 USD. Located in Yonkers NY, can ship nationwide (917) 748-9497
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Another great dog at this piano tuning today :D
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Good dog! He loves his piano :)
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Coming soon, Steinway K upright piano :)
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Store-Wide Piano Sale going on now. See "Pianos For Sale" listing on website for sale prices. http://supremepianos.com/category/piano-sales-hudson-valley/
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1923 Mahogany Steinway M Grand Piano, 5'7", restored. $18,000. Must sell ASAP, owner moving out of NYC. Call for appointment 845-298-8872 http://supremepianos.com/category/piano-sales-hudson-valley/
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Steinway Buyers’ Advice

A Steinway piano is a very fine quality instrument. A rebuilt Steinway, if properly restored, can be every bit as good as a new piano. However, the restoration has to be done extremely well, to the highest standards. A properly restored Steinway will retain its value and even appreciate over time. A piano that is poorly restored will harm the piano and decrease its value. Proper Steinway restoration requires tremendous skill and it is expensive. If you’re purchasing a restored Steinway grand for less than $20,000 rest assured, it has not been properly restored.

VINTAGE STEINWAYS
Vintage Steinways are those pianos made before the 1960’s, when the Steinway family owned and was directly involved in the manufacturing. Many consider the vintage Steinways to be better than the newer ones if they are properly restored. If they are not properly restored they lose their value substantially.

ACTIONS
The piano action is the moving parts of a piano. If a vintage Steinway is restored using original parts, it is not going to be a top quality instrument. The parts are wooden and felt. They will change and deteriorate over time. They can get a mold, verdigris, which will make the parts move very slowly. A vintage piano with original parts will not sound as good or play as well as a piano with new parts. This means its resale value is diminished, as a future buyer will have to invest in new parts.

SOUNDBOARDS
Most vintage Steinways have cracks in the soundboards. A few have soundboards that don’t have cracks but the majority develop cracks. The soundboards are made with an arc, or crown. An older soundboard will lose the crown, lessening the quality of the sound. A cracked soundboard that has been repaired (shimmed) can eventually crack again. What this means is, a vintage Steinway with an original soundboard will eventually need a new soundboard. The value of the piano is diminished, as it will need major restoration in the future.

FINISHES
For a rebuilt or restored Steinway to retain top value, it should be properly refinished. A proper finish requires extensive labor and skill. The original finish has to be stripped, and the piano sprayed and sanded at least 4 times. There are partial finishes and very cheap finishes that can be done to a piano to make it look good temporarily, but the finish will not last. You can spray over an original finish to hide the scratches and imperfections, but then the finish will crack and chip very easily. Additionally, if you change the color on a styled piano--for example changing a mahogany Chippendale piano to black, you diminish its value.

If you’re buying a restored Steinway grand piano, be wise and be careful. Even if you’re buying from a dealer, have an experienced piano technician evaluate the instrument. There are some excellent piano restorers and there are some that do very poor quality work. A piano restorer who does a poor restoration job will actually diminish the value of the piano significantly. The piano will have to be restored all over again to the proper Steinway specifications and standards with new action parts, a new soundboard, and the correct professional finish to retain its full value.

It a pretty good bet that you can’t buy an expertly restored Steinway grand piano for less then $20,000. A highly skilled piano restoration requires expert technicians, extensive labor, and expensive materials. Depending on the model and style, most expertly restored Steinways are worth $30,000 or more. A Steinway that is not properly restored may be inexpensive, but its value is substantially reduced.

Supreme Pianos of NY is the Premier Piano Restoration Shop of the Hudson Valley, NY. Specializing in Steinway restoration, we have been serving the Hudson Valley and NYC since 1984. Better prices, better quality, better service. Drive an hour north of NYC and save! www.supremepianos.com

Call for appointment
(9one7) 748-9497 (cell)
(8four5) 298-8872 (shop)

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