The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano
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The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano

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This bible of the piano marketplace is indispensable to buyers and owners of pianos, amateur and professional players alike. Hundreds of thousands of pianos are bought and sold each year, yet most people buy a piano with only the vaguest idea of what to look for as they make this major purchase. The Piano Book evaluates and compares every brand and style of piano sold in t...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Brookside Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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An amazing resource and incredible amount of information. Anyone in the market for a piano must read this cover to cover, and anyone who plays the piano ought to read it too, even if not planning to buy. As a classically trained pianist, I'm now shocked and embarrassed about how little I'd previously known about how my instrument actually works. Thankfully, now I know! It will help my playing, enable me to speak intelligently with my technician, and increase my overall appreciation of this incre...more
As much information as you could need to buy an acoustic piano (there are also updated supplements available). I haven't read the book through, just the applicable sections. I had no idea there was so much to know about pianos. I've learned a ton and we're so excited to upgrade from our digital piano!
May 04, 2010 Tig rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is thinking of purchasing a piano
Recommended to Tig by: CJ
An excellent resource for someone who wants to be an educated piano buyer. Helps to make sense out of the myriad of new and used pianos that are out there, gives a lot of history about the piano, traces who made what and when, how much a piano is worth, how to figure out when and where it was made, what to look for in a quality instrument, how to avoid lemons, whether a piano is worth paying a technician to rebuild it, etc.
Saved us from inevitable disaster when buying our first piano. We were drawn to the "$100 takes it out of our basement!" models when shopping, but this steered us in the proper direction. Invaluable resource, and seems to be the only of its kind.
Trying to make sure I don't get had or get a clunker. What an awesomely helpful book!

I was able to buy a great used piano thanks to this book.
Jul 28, 2007 Fran added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone thinking about buying a piano
If you are in the market for a piano (upright, grand, or baby grand), it is a big commitment - read this book first.
Mike "Poet"

Detailed book on the history of piano companies. Ideal for buyers and collectors.
Jan 15, 2012 jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious pianoistas
Dense, detailed, but useful information for those inclined. Reader can obtain updates separately.
Nov 23, 2008 Greg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Piano owners
Recommended to Greg by: Dutton's
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Great reference. Used it to find our piano tuner. Will continue to use in the future.
A must have if you are ever in the market for a piano.
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