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Piano Appraisal piano

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. While it is true that a better piano in better condition will have a higher market value compared to...

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Light vs. Heavy Actions piano

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 I’ve worked hard on, I try to play the piece on other pianos and it’s like I never looked...

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Keyboard vs. Piano 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 the very beginning stages, as you familiarize yourself with the piano keyboard, the notes, scales...

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Blue Book of Pianos piano

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, which can be used to give you an estimate of a piano’s value.

It is vital to understand that ...

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Baldwin Piano Age piano

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, according to this source. Here is a list of Baldwin piano serial numbers correlated with year. It...

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Antique Piano Values piano

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 buyer, antique pianos are where the real bargains are. But there are also a lot of pianos that look...

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Antique Piano Value piano

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 worth more than what it has been valued for. Can you advise me on this?

– Mark Colt (Argentina)...

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Antique Piano Appraisal piano

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 of help.

If you’re just looking for an appraisal, there is a service available at ...

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What to Expect from Piano Lessons

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 played on and off for about 14 years, with only a few of those receiving formal lessons. A few months...

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Teaching Yourself Piano

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 playing piano. I don’t have a great teacher to teach me. I don’t know what to do yet. I...

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Teaching Piano Lessons

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 rewarding one.

Skill

The first thing to consider when teaching piano lessons is your own skill and...

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Teaching Music

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: There’s no doubt that individual instruction is the best way to learn to play an instrument. Students...

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