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Piano Brand Ratings

Piano Brand Ratings More About Piano Buyer’s “A Map of the Market for New Pianos”


Whenever I make changes to  Piano Buyer ’s “A Map of the Market for New Pianos” — the so-called Ratings Chart — I’m inevitably besieged by questions, comments, and complaints. Here, I’d like to go into a bit more depth about what the Map represents and how it’s formulated. Read More...

How to Determine the Value of a Used Piano

How to Determine the Value of a Used Piano


The purpose of this article is to comment on and clarify the information in  Piano Buyer  on determining the value of a used piano. (The  Piano Buyer  article has since been revised to include these comments.) Fair Market Value Fair market value  is the price at which an item would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither of whom is compelled to buy or sell, a... Read More...

In the Shop with Bob Moog: A Personal Account

In the Shop with Bob Moog: A Personal Account


From 1986 to 1988, I worked with electronic-music pioneer Robert Moog (rhymes with vogue), custom-building experimental keyboard instruments. In 1993, I wrote this account of our work together, and an abbreviated version was published around that time in  Piano & Keyboard  magazine, no longer in business. This is the first publication of the unabridged version. A Postscript with updated informat... Read More...

“Made in Germany”

“Made in Germany”


The Bundesverband Klavier (BVK) — the German piano manufacturers’ association — has created a new “Made in Germany” certificate of quality to distinguish pianos that are 100% made in Germany from those that are claimed to be but are not. The BVK hopes that the new certificate will provide more security and clarity for customers, and help the German piano industry better compete with Asian makers ... Read More...

New Federal and State Ivory Regulations and Pianos

New Federal and State Ivory Regulations and Pianos

SALLY PHILLIPS
Guest Blog The American piano industry voluntarily abandoned ivory as a key-covering material and switched to plastic in the mid-1950s. By the 1980s, European makers had taken the same path. Since then, the piano-manufacturing industry has not been involved in the illegal use or importation of ivory; today, no new pianos contain ivory. Read More...

Ivory Regulations Ban Update

Ivory Regulations Ban Update

SALLY PHILLIPS
Guest Blog Update—October 2015 This past summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its proposed revisions to rules regarding the sale of objects containing ivory in interstate or foreign commerce. Read More...