Hugh S. Livingston, The Church Pianist (Lorenz)
Purchasing A Piano
Purchasing a piano for a worship space involves a lot of decision making. Be prepared before shopping to know what size limitations you have, style (i.e. grand, upright, etc), tone color, keyboard attack, reputation and financial considerations. It is sometimes advisable to consider hiring a piano technician (Guild certified, Registered Piano Technician) to accompany you before purchasing an instrument, especially if the instrument is not new. Consider visiting the various manufacturers website concerning specific brands. The bibliography of books that follows may be helpful in the selection process. Shop around and negotiate, bargaining is the standard in the industry.
In purchasing a used piano, there is not a standard vocabulary concerning restoration. The terms reconditioning and rebuilding, and remanufacturing and what type of services have been performed are clouded. There is no substitute for requesting an itemization of any repair work that has been performed.
Fine, Larry. The Piano Book: Buying and Owning a New or Used Piano. Brookside Press. Boston, Massachusetts. 2001 ISBN 1-929145-01-2. www.pianobook.com
2007-2008 Annual Supplement to The Piano Book: buying and Owning a New or Used Piano. Brookside Press. Boston, Massachusetts. 2007 ISBN 1-929145-21-7. www.pianobook.com (electronic edition available)
Pierce, WR (Bob) Pierce Piano Atlas. www.pianoatlas.com- great book for all makes, models and serial numbers.
www.Steinway.com – American
www.baldwinpiano.com – American
www.Yamaha.com - Japanese
www.Kawaius.com - Japanese
www.Youngchang.com - Korea
Care and Maintenance of Your Instrument
It is recommended that you consider having a humidifier/dehumidifier installed in the piano. A registered piano technician can purchase and install this. As is often the case in large buildings, the temperature fluctuates greatly during the week when the worship space is not being used. Most of the maintenance and cleaning of the interior of a piano is best left to a piano technician. The interior of a piano only needs cleaning every couple of years. The only cleaning necessary for the owner is to clean the piano keys with a gentle cleanser and water. Be careful not to use too much cleaner or water as excess moisture could be harmful to the wood and felt bushings. Dry the keys thoroughly after cleaning to avoid moisture damage and give them a polished look. The piano pedals and hinges can be cleaned with any good quality brass cleaner. The exterior case require dusting as necessary. Occasionally a high grade furniture polish can be sprayed on a cloth and then polished. It is advisable not to spray anything directly on the instrument itself.
Snyder, Steven R. The Piano Owner’s Manual. SRS Co.(Hall Leonard Publishing Corporation.) Marina del Rey, CA ISBN 0-9610766-0-7
Gurlik RPT, Philip. The Piano: A Piano Technician’s Guide for the Piano Owner. Potter Press, Bend, OR. 2000. ISBN 1-56764-012-5. www.pianotuning.com
pianoeducation.org - A CD can be purchased for all of the information. Many of the referenced articles are not printed in their entirety on the website.