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Roland Digital Piano

Although as a classical pianist I play an acoustic piano, there are people and situations for whom a digital piano is a practical solution, and I get asked for recommendations. The excellent action...

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Piano Values

What factors determine piano values, and how much is your piano worth? While a piano, like anything else, is ultimately worth whatever a seller can get for it, a piano’s real value is the...

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Piano Range

Question: What is the full scale of the keyboard/piano, and what is the first note on the keyboard?

– Patience (Salem, South Carolina, USA)

Albert’s reply: The first key on the...

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Piano Pedals

What are all those piano pedals for, and how did they get there? This article explores the pedals and their history.

The piano pedals have by no means remained constant throughout the history of...

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Piano Pedal

A Blessing in Disguise!

My piano’s right pedal broke the other day. The piano pedal didn’t break off or anything; it just got disconnected. Since it seems all the piano technicians in...

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Piano Insurance

Question: Can anyone recommend a source for piano insurance? I’ve heard of Heritage, etc., and the closest source I’ve found was pianoinsurance101.com and Piano World.

Albert’s...

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Piano Humidifier

What All Piano Owners Need to Know

One of the most important factors influencing piano tuning stability is humidity. A piano humidifier is therefore an essential investment for all piano owners.

As...

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Piano Appraisal

The purpose of piano appraisal is to determine a fair price for a piano. Fair market value should not be confused with a piano’s worth as a musical instrument, or even its actual quality....

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Light vs. Heavy Actions

Question: Hi Albert,

I have three pianos: two digital Rolands and a Steinway upright. All three have a very light touch. The problem is that after learning a piece with fast runs that...

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Keyboard vs. Piano

Question: Finances keep me from getting a piano. Can a keyboard help while one is getting started?

– Caleb (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

Albert’s reply: Keyboards can certainly be fine for...

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Blue Book of Pianos

Many people looking to buy or sell a seek to appraise its value by means of a so-called “blue book” of pianos. A blue book of pianos is a compilation of prices of new and used pianos,...

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Baldwin Piano Age

Question: What year is my Baldwin piano from? The serial number is 1518109. Thank you.

– June (New Jersey, USA)

Albert’s reply: This Baldwin appears to be an Acrosonic from 1993,...

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Antique Piano Values

As discussed in the article Piano Values, a piano’s musical value may well differ from its market value. This is particularly the case when determining antique piano values.

If you’re a...

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Antique Piano Value

Question: I have a piano for sale that’s very rare and I do have some information about it already:

  • Steinway
  • BP
  • Louis XV
  • Painted

The reason I’m inquiring is that I think it’s...

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Antique Piano Appraisal

As a pianist and music teacher, I get frequent questions about antique piano appraisal. Although this is not a service I’m able (or qualified) to offer, hopefully the below thoughts will be...

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What to Expect from Piano Lessons

Miscellaneous

Question: Hi Albert,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to run such an awesome site and provide so much detailed and helpful advice.

I consider myself an intermediate pianist who has...

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Teaching Yourself Piano

Miscellaneous

Question: I’m 13 years old and I’m currently learning to play “River Flows in You” myself and I don’t have experience in playing keyboard. My goal was to master...

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Teaching Piano Lessons

Miscellaneous

Teaching piano lessons can be a highly rewarding profession, as well as a very frustrating one. I’d like to share some tips with aspiring piano teachers to make sure their experience is a...

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Teaching Music

Miscellaneous

Question: Hello Albert,

What in your opinion is the best way to teach music, I mean instrumental music: individually or as a group?

– Achilles (Gozo, Malta)

Albert’s reply:...

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Studying Music to Become a High School Teacher

Miscellaneous

Question: Hi Albert,

I am a 17-year-old musician and I have played the piano for about two years now. As a late starter music has anything but come easy to me but I really do love and have a...

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Starting Piano Over

Miscellaneous

Question: Hi there, Albert, I came across your fantastic Piano Site by pure chance although I don’t really believe in chance. I had formal piano training as a child for 6 months, then did a...

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Starting Piano Late

Miscellaneous

Question: If I started learning how to play piano at the age of 13, is it bad? Will I ever learn to play piano like most pianists who started at a very young age? I really need your answer. Thank...

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Starting Piano Anew

Miscellaneous

Question: Hello Albert,

Firstly I want to thank you for your marvelous website. I’ve only just discovered it a few days ago and it has already had an immense impact on me. It makes me...

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Starting Piano Again

Miscellaneous

Question: Hello, I am new to this site, but like what I’ve seen. A little background about myself: I am a 48-year-old old female. I took piano lessons from age 7 to age 14 or 15. I...

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Piano Self-Learning

Miscellaneous

Question: Hi Albert,

Thanks for this great site. I was wondering what you thought of an adult piano student studying on their own for a while, without a weekly lesson with a teacher? And if you...

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