Item description for The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano by Larry Fine, Douglas R. Gilbert & Keith Jarrett...
This bible of the piano marketplace is indispensable to buyers and owners of pianos, amateur and professional players alike. Hundreds of thousands of pianos are bought and sold each year, yet most people buy a piano with only the vaguest idea of what to look for as they make this major purchase. The Piano Book evaluates and compares every brand and style of piano sold in the United States. There is information on piano moving and storage, inspecting individual new and used pianos, the special market for Steinways, and sales gimmicks to watch out for. An annual supplement, sold separately, lists current prices for more than 2,500 new piano models.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.75" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2000
Publisher Brookside Press
ISBN 1929145012 ISBN13 9781929145010
Availability 0 units.
More About Larry Fine, Douglas R. Gilbert & Keith Jarrett
Larry Fine is a registered piano technician and a member of the Piano Technicians Guild who has been involved in the field of piano technology for more than 30 years. He lives in Boston.
Larry Fine currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. Larry Fine was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano?
Best book out there on the subject Jul 18, 2008
Larry Fine's book is invaluable for those who plan to purchase a piano. This book has loads of information regarding the manufacturers, the quality of the brands and the history of the pianos. Save yourself some money by purchasing this book before you shop for a piano and you could save yourself a few thousand or more. Buying a piano is like buying a car, you have to "test drive" them first, and then negotiate. Read this book and walk into the showroom knowing you are getting the best deal and finest piano you can afford.
Great, as far as it goes May 15, 2008
...which is pretty far. Fine's book is legendary and important, and if you are thinking of buying even a relatively expensive piano, you should read it. It should come as no surprise that the standard "grand old names" are rated at the top, and things stair-step down from there until you arrive at the bottom of the Asian barrel. No surprises there. And many feel that Fine is too hard on some very fine pianos, giving a skewed impression of the many very good Chinese pianos that are coming on the market. What is instructive is that you will learn what is made where, which can be a very hard thing to find out on your own. If you're walking into a store and don't know Young Chang from Hailun, and perhaps think that a Boston might have been made in Boston, and that a Steinlager is made in Germany, you really need to do your homework first. If you're seriously shopping for a Bosendorfer or Bechstein or Steinway new off the floor, then you don't need this book. But if you want to get a good piano for a fair price and need to learn your way around this odd landscape, start here. IMPORTANT - get the updated supplements! A lot has changed in even the last 5 years, and advice on certain models no longer holds true. Some names have dropped in quality, others have risen considerably. You won't learn this in the piano showroom!
piano book May 8, 2008
Essential resource if you're buying a piano or just want to know more about this wonderful instrument
Best Piano Research Ever! Apr 15, 2008
I bought this prior to buying my piano and it was a lifesaver. I'd read about it and had to try it myself. I highlighted many passages and re-read many sections while making my selection. I have not only told many others to buy it, but have also "loaned" out my copy many times. A great investment, whether looking to purchase a used or new piano. Good tips for maintaining piano as well.
highly informative Apr 6, 2008
When beginning to look for a piano, we read Larry Fine's The Piano Book at the recommendation of our local piano technician. It is superbly written and highly informative. It covers everything from the mechanics of pianos in general to the relative features and qualities of various makes of pianos. In the end, it was well worth the effort and helped us make a well informed decision on the type and make of piano we purchased.