The Piano Book�: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano
by Larry Fine
Foreword by Keith Jarrett
244 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 in.
Fourth Edition published January, 2001
(originally scheduled for November, 2000)
How to buy and care for a piano -- the consumer's "bible" since 1987. Now
in its Fourth Edition.
A piano is one of the largest consumer purchases most people will ever
make. Yet when you shop for a piano you're up against a vast variety of
brands, models, and styles, competing claims, and strange terminology.
Finally, here is a book to guide you through the process with practical
information on every aspect of buying and owning a new or used piano.
The Piano Book, now in its Fourth Edition, has been
the standard consumer reference in the piano business in the United States
and Canada since 1987, and is the only book of its kind. It contains:
- Exceptionally candid brand-by-brand
reviews of new and recently-manufactured pianos
- Sales gimmicks to watch out for--and
the real differences in piano quality and features
- How to negotiate the best deal
- Tips on finding, inspecting,
appraising, and buying a used piano
- Special section on buying an older
Steinway or Mason & Hamlin
- Piano moving, storage, tuning, and
- How pianos work
- 100 line drawings by Douglas Gilbert
- Foreword by Keith Jarrett
New in the Fourth Edition:
- Updated reviews of new pianos based
on a survey of more than fifty technicians who examined over thirteen
hundred pianos made during the last five years and a database of the
service records for more than four thousand additional new pianos.
Stephen H. Brady, editor of the Piano Technicians Journal assisted with
the research and writing.
- Extensive rewriting of the section
on shopping for a new piano, addressing such topics as the piano as an
investment, questions of value for the money and long-term value,
dealing with trade-ins, price vs. service, and shopping on the internet.
Changes have also been made to reflect the latest tactics of both
salespeople and customers in the battle for the best deal.
- An expanded rating system for new
pianos to more closely reflect the subtle ways in which pianos differ in
- Many changes to the technical
information on how pianos differ in quality and the sales pitches used
to exploit those differences.
- More extensive coverage of
electronic player piano systems.
- Changes to the chapter on buying a
used piano, addressing the question of how long pianos last, the
controversy surrounding so-called "gray market" Japanese pianos, and
shopping on the internet.
- A grand piano rebuilding checklist
to help you plan the rebuilding of your piano or when considering the
purchase of a rebuilt instrument.
- A checklist for examining a used
piano prior to purchase.
- An expanded depreciation schedule
for used pianos.
- A revised table of market values of
used and rebuilt pianos.
- A discussion of some of the issues
that may come up in relation to rebuilt pianos, particularly Steinways
and Mason & Hamlins.
- A revision of Roy Kehl's celebrated
list of old Steinway models, based on his ongoing historical research.
- A new list of Steinway serial
numbers and dates, different from the list provided by the company.
- Information on room acoustics.
- Additional resources of interest to
pianophiles, including mail-order sources for piano accessories.
- Many other small changes throughout
the book to keep it current and useful, and in response to readers'
comments over the years.
The author, Larry Fine, is a Registered Piano Technician member of the
Piano Technicians Guild, and has been involved in the field of piano
technology for over thirty years.
Published by Brookside Press, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Distributed
to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group (IPG).