Adopting Vintage Pianos

If you've spent any time perusing the "free section" on Craigslist, you may have fallen in love with a few pianos over the years. Have you taken the plunge and hired movers to bring your new source of inspiration home? What are some of the best ways to choose the right piano for you?

Space is going to be a major factor when deciding whether or not you can fit a piano into your home. If you find yourself in a smaller space, consider adopting a smaller console piano, such a spinnet, rather than a massive and full size upright piano or grand piano. Not only will the move be easier, but the sound will be quieter and it will fit in your house with much less question. Be sure to avoid a window view, as unfortunately it will affect your piano’s health and longevity due to the temperatures rise and fall.

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The next factor to consider is sound. Are you in an apartment dwelling? Many of us in apartments are at the mercy of sound travel, however this doesn’t mean that you can’t adopt a new piano, you’ve just got to be a little smart about it! Putting a bit of effort into dampening the volume of your piano will go a long way. Consider placing a piano under the rug if you’re worried about your neighbors getting frustrated at the constant playing. Another crucial element is the placement of the piano. Be sure to place it against a wall that is not shared, as this will minimize the blowback that you could receive from angry people who live around you. Soundproofing is another aspect that is always up for debate and discussion regarding how beneficial this would truly be without putting in tens of thousands of dollars of effort, so we suggest you do your research on that one! 

When it comes to which brand to choose, if you're unfamilar with the territory, ask a trusted friend, colleague or a pianist you may know. They can help steer you in the direction of what looks to be in the best quality and what is going to be worthwhile for you. The luxury in choice of color is actually much more common than one may think. If you’ve spent some time watching the ads for pianos, you may have noticed that there is a shocking amount available from day to day. It’s possible to receive a free piano, however you’ll most certainly have to account for the cost of moving (typically somewhere between $200 to $500) and then tuning, which will run you a little less than $185, depending on what city you’re in and how much work your keys need.

Once you finally have your new musical tool in your home, it’s time to clean and polish it! If you’re a little bit of a DIY novice, you can ask your piano tuner to jump and do the job for you. If you’re up for a bit of scrubbing on your own, Steinway suggests “A clean piece of fine knit cloth, lightly dampened with plain water is the most convenient and safe method for removing dust and finger marks that occur during normal use and play. High-polish finishes should be wiped lightly with the use of a microfiber polishing cloth."

Finally, it's time to enjoy! Head to your favorite local music store to find some sheet music that will get your inspiration engine roaring. The newest member of your family is sure to bring joy and life to your home for years to come. Treat your piano with the utmost care and play it as often as you can!