Piano Pitfalls

A series of articles by Richard Smith on the perils of purchasing a pre-loved piano. Originally published in Keyboard World magazine in 1980 and 1981.

Piano Pitfalls #6 – Tuners


At present, the old time piano tuner/craftsman is fairly rare. He was the family tuner who cleaned, tuned, regulated and voiced the family instrument for years. The father/son relationship in piano tuning has almost ceased to exist, although …

Piano Pitfalls #5 – Problems


When buying a used instrument from a private home it is not uncommon to be greeted with “it was Grannies, hasn’t been played for thirty years and it’s in beautiful order!!!”

Question: When was it last tuned and by