We think so. Many concert pianists think so and own them for their personal use.
They were built during the golden era of piano making when they used the highest quality materials from aged hardwoods and built by master craftsmen with the highest integrity!
Can I afford a vintage restored baby grand or grand piano?
Absolutely! Many of our restored pianos sell in the same price range as inferior mass produced newer pianos.
Do restored grand pianos and baby grand pianos look old?
We refinish the cabinets and restore the insides so they look and perform like new again.
Some of them have beautiful hand carved cabinets which can’t be found on newer pianos. We offer a beautiful gloss black finish which is much richer and deeper looking than the new gloss black pianos because it has 15 coats of hand buffed lacquer. The new Asian gloss black finishes look like cheap plastic! We offer beautiful closed-grain finishes in all wood types like mahogany and walnut. We can even custom color them to match your décor!
Is it safe to ship a restored grand piano?
We’ve shipped hundreds of them all around the country. We use only insured and experienced piano movers who exclusively move pianos not furniture. We offer free nationwide in-home shipping.
What brands should I look for?
Some prestigious names are:
- Baldwin - A vintage restored Baldwin is in the foyer of the White House.
- Chickering – Won the highest award given any piano forte manufactured in the world. Preident Abe Lincoln owned a Chickering grand piano!
- Knabe – The Official Piano of the Metropolitan Opera. Francis Scott Keys wrote the Star Spangled banner on a Knabe. Albert Einstein owned a Knabe. President Woodrow Wilson owned a Knabe grand piano!
- Sohmer – Irving Berlin’s choice of piano. President Calvin Coolidge owned a Sohmer grand piano!
What size piano do I need for my home and how can I see if it fits well?
It is personal preference although there are several things you should consider. If you have a room without much furniture in it and you intend to use it as a showroom and music room for the piano, you can choose a slightly larger piano up to 5’8” in length. We do not suggest you buy a piano longer than 5’8” unless you have a really large room because the volume of sound the piano produces will be uncomfortable to listeners. If you have an average size room with an average amount of furniture it is best to stay with a piano that is no larger than 5’4” in length. You can place a piece of tape in four corners of a rectangle that you measure out on your floor to get a better idea of what will fit best. Remember to include an extra 2 feet or a little less if need be for the bench to pull out in front of the piano.
Where should I place the piano in my room?
It is best to place the curved side out. This way the music from the strings will not project against your wall but will project outward into your room. The curved side should be seen as this is the most elegant side of the piano. If you have a heat/air vent, it should be covered and not allowed to blow air onto your piano. Take care to cover or install UV tinting on your windows to protect the cabinet finish. Angling the piano you will use more space, but it does look nice to angle the piano if you can. If you’re seeking a symmetrical look you can simply place the flat side parallel to the wall.
What tone and touch is best?
This is truly personal taste. However, a young child may require a lighter touch at first and then develop the need to have a slightly stiffer feel. We offer a lifetime guaranteed trade-up policy so you will never lose a penny if you should ever find the need to trade-up to a better quality piano in the future!