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About Us

Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer replaces the Annual Supplement to The Piano Book.

For those not familiar with it, The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano, by Larry Fine, has been, since 1987, the principal consumer guide to buying an acoustic piano in the United States and Canada. The current, fourth edition was published in 2001. An Annual Supplement has been published each year to keep the information on brands, models, and prices of new pianos up to date.

Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer replaces the Annual Supplement and differs from it in the following ways:

  • Piano Buyer will be published twice a year, in spring and fall.

  • Piano Buyer includes information on digital pianos, and on used and restored acoustic pianos, in addition to new acoustic pianos.

  • Piano Buyer is partially supported by advertising.

  • Piano Buyer is available free in digital form on this website. It can also be purchased in print through the website or from any bookstore.

Piano Buyer is a hybrid book/magazine. The "book" part consists of a collection of how-to articles on the many aspects of buying a piano. Because piano buyers need this information all at once, not over a long period of time, most of these articles will remain relatively unchanged from issue to issue. Our aim is to provide you with only the most useful and important information, succinctly stated, and to address the topics of broadest interest, so that you can be on your way to enjoying your piano as quickly as possible. For those readers desiring more, there is plenty of interesting material of a more technical or specialized nature in The Piano Book and, from time to time, on this website.

The "magazine" part of the publication consists of articles of more temporary interest, model and price data for new acoustic and digital pianos, and advertisements, all of which will be updated as necessary with each issue. The model and price data for acoustic pianos is also available in a free, searchable database accessible from the "Model & Pricing Guide" section of the online edition, as well as from this website.

Staff and Contributors

Larry Fine, publisher and editor and advertising director, is author of The Piano Book. A Registered Piano Technician, Fine has been involved in the piano industry for 35 years.

Dr. Owen Lovell, piano review editor

Steve Cohen, contributing editor and piano industry consultant

Julie Gallagher, Harry St. Ours, design and production

Del Fandrich, Sally Phillips, acoustic piano technical consultants

Alden Skinner, digital piano technical consultant

Richard Lehnert, copyeditor

Other contributors to the current issue:

Jim Aikin has been reviewing synthesizers and other digital keyboards for Keyboard, Electronic Musician, and other magazines for more than 30 years. As an amateur pianist, he plays mostly Bach. He also teaches cello privately, plays in community orchestras, and composes and records in a computer-based home studio. He can be reached at midiguru23@sbcglobal.net.

Benjamin Boren is an American pianist and pedagogue currently living in Burlingame, California. For more information and to contact him, please visit his website at www.benjaminboren.net.

Ori Bukai is owner of Allegro Pianos in Stamford, Connecticut. Visit his website at www.allegropianos.com.

Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation and a leading proponent of the benefits of making music. He is also a pianist, and co-author (with Dennis Thurmond) of Improvisation at the Piano: A Systematic Approach for the Classically Trained Pianist (Alfred Publishing, 2007). Visit his website at www.brianchung.net.

Mike Kemper is a Los Angeles-based piano technician and expert on electronic player-piano systems.

George Litterst (www.georgelitterst.com) is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and developer of music software. In the last role, Mr. Litterst is co-author of the intelligent accompaniment program Home Concert Xtreme, the electronic music-blackboard program Classroom Maestro, and the long-distance teaching program Internet MIDI, all from TimeWarp Technologies (www.timewarptech.com).

Sally Phillips has worked in virtually every aspect of the piano industry — service, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing. She lives in Kentucky and works throughout the southeastern U.S. She can be contacted at sphillipspiano@hotmail.com.

Alden Skinner has been involved in both the manufacturing and retail sides of the piano business for over 20 years. He currently holds a product management position in the telecommunications field.

Chris Solliday, RPT, has been a piano technician for 35 years. His piano-service business is based in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia and New York City. His private clientele includes concert artists Keith Jarrett, Fred Hersch, Eugene Albulescu, and many other professional musicians. In addition to offering regular, full piano service, Solliday specializes in custom touch designs. He can be reached at www.csollidaypiano.com.

Christopher Storch, RPT, is an acoustician with experience in the areas of architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, and environmental noise abatement. He can be reached at chrisstor@ aol.com.









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