March 2nd, 2009

Everyday ordinary piano

Like most people, I'm fairly ignorant about pianos, beyond a handful of the best-known makes and whatever's haunting the corner of a relative's home.

I'm looking for a piano that a low-end indie-type performance space might have inherited from one or more somewhat nicer places: quality, but not spectacular. Average price range when new and traded in good condition, not el cheapo. Built to last and perform, but not designed as a concert instrument.

It's an upright grand of standard size. It's on wheels, but these are likely a rolling frame, as found where pianos are sometimes pulled out performances and then put away later, so I'm not looking for a piano that might come with castors.

It's loud and has a sharp delivery. It was designed for spaces where it would have to reach some distance. Again, however, this is NOT a concert-grade piano. More like the kind that would be ideal in a school auditorium, and I feel sure that someone out there makes or once made uprights for purposes like this.

After that, nothing else matters. Colour, stylings, anything else.

I also need to know that a piano like this can survive being tipped over on its back without being ruined beyond repair (expense notwithstanding). It's gonna get beat up a bit.

Thanks!

Edit: Based on comments, I realise I left out a couple possibly useful details. It's getting beat up about 10 years ago, I think. It's in a low-end indie club, who would have probably inherited it from a somewhat nicer pub in the same or nearby space. This is in the Boston - New York area, so the piano could have come from anywhere, really, but is most likely made in North America, and most likely designed originally as a durable educational device. I realised it's probably nicer than 'average' or else would have been gotten rid of by now, and was probably considered pretty damn good when newer. It was probably built in the late '50s or early '60s. Colour and design are unimportant.
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