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Concert pianos sometimes get aggressive string seating done on the bridges. Have your independent tech look for crushed wood under the strings at the bridge.

Sometimes Steinway case hardens their V-bars in the capo d'astro sections. (The top two sections of strings in a D). Have your tech check for this too. A hard V-bar makes for many problems over time. If the treble was recently restrung, it may be because it has this issue, and the problems can be "moved down the road" by putting new wire in there; but over time the buzzes and breakage will come back.

D's are cool, but I still prefer a perfect B in a home to a perfect D. The B's weaknesses at the scale break and low bass can be mostly eliminated by rescaling with a hybrid wire scale. And if the hammers are properly tone regulated, and the V-bar is properly configured, a B has a warmth of tone and rich palette of color a D doesn't quite have.

I am splitting hairs here so to speak.


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I agree with Ed. Add strike weight calibration and resulting key reweighing and SHAZAM!

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There are lots of people here who are selling fear, uncertainty, and doubt instead of piano service. If all that they want to sell you were necessary, it would have been done already. Bottom line, it is your money, and if you like the piano and can afford it, you should not be afraid of buying it.


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I am back with more information,

I will be getting a full 5 years warranty and it seems to cover unseen damages caused due to loaning the piano that might arise these next years (that's how I interpret what's written)

the piano is in top condition, strings have nearly no patina/rust, action is sturdy and no new parts are required, Cappo d'astro is in good shape, uncracked soundboard, and the piano was even cleaned of dust recently. The technician confirmed that the piano is healthy and won't require any heavy maintenance or repair.

however, two problems were noted, both cosmetic. On the right side of the piano, next to the piano leg where the right angle is there is a slight ding revealing a bit of wood. it was a bump against a wall when moving it on stage. the second problem was underneath the piano, on a "black plank of wood" (unsure of correct term ) underneatht the key bed on its left corner. The paint has been rubbed off and the wood is starting to show. it was explained that this is due to the straps used to secure the piano when transporting it due to the many loading and unloading and was mostly cosmetic.

just to be more precise, the corner of the plank has no paint anymore and was "rounded", due to friction, with a bit of splintering but it seems to be superficial.

My technician confirmed to me that it wasn't unusual for a concert grand piano that has been loaned to have those injuries and that the shop explanation was coherent with what was presented to us.

after some discussion, we arrived at an agreement, the piano at ~38% off MSRP and all cosmetic damages of the piano would be repaired before final purchase and the approval of my technician after the repairs. Also piano cover, stool, delivery included.

I can still cancel my purchase but I am quite happy with the price and quality of the piano. I haven't discovered any defects big enough to drop the deal.

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Surely no secondhand piano is worth more than 50% of the street value of a new one?
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Sounds like you will have a concert instrument soon. No red flags from anything you've written thus far.

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How did they define that the Capo bar was in "good" shape. Is it a true V-shape with no more than 1mm of width at the string contact point? Is it case hardened? (That is bad).


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I'm glad you got it checked out thoroughly by a tech, prior to purchase, and the report sounds promising.


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Then congratulations smile Hopefully you will get many years of pleasure and use out of it.

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Just like to add my congratulations!

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