and Historical Model & Price Data
We frequently receive requests for information about discontinued brands and models, and for historical price data for current models. To assist researchers, we link here to PDF versions of all of our print publications since we began publishing, in 1987.
We can’t warrant the accuracy of the data these past publications contain. Occasionally, manufacturers have sent us misleading or inaccurate information, or we or the manufacturers have made innocent errors, usually corrected in a future issue. Also, the definitions of some terms, and how prices are calculated, have changed from time to time—we recommend reading the introductory material in each publication that defines or explains them. The quality of the PDFs varies, depending on how they were produced. Many of the PDFs are searchable by keyword, and many of the hyperlinks still work—but due to changes in technology over time, we make no guarantees.
Note that the Fourth Edition of The Piano Book and the most current issue of the Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement are still available in print through normal retail book channels. All other publications are officially out of print, though some may be found on various websites that sell used books, and the publisher may still have a few copies of older issues; please inquire.
The Piano Book:
Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano
The Piano Book was published in four editions, from 1987 to 2001. It was intended as a comprehensive consumer guide to buying and owning a piano. Among other things, it contained brief brand profiles, or reviews, of then-current brands distributed in the U.S., but little in the way of specific model listings, and no price data.
Annual Supplement to The Piano Book
The Annual Supplement to The Piano Book was published each fall from 1996 to 2008. It contained updates (only) to the brand profiles in the then-current edition of The Piano Book, plus model and price information for those brands. The 2000–2001 Annual Supplement contains no updates to brand profiles because the Fourth Edition of The Piano Book, published concurrently with the Supplement, contained the full profiles.
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer is the successor to The Piano Book and the Annual Supplement. Each semiannual issue includes: a set of basic articles on buying, selling, and owning a piano; feature articles on niche topics; and the brand profiles and model-and-price data formerly published in The Piano Book and the Annual Supplement. Information about digital, hybrid, software, and electronic-player pianos has been added to the subjects covered. The print magazine version of Piano Buyer was discontinued in 2018. The model and price data continue to be published in print (see Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement, below), and new articles and data continue to be posted online.
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Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement
The Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement began its semiannual publication in 2018, when the print version of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer was discontinued. Although the same information is available online, the print version answers a need by piano dealers and technicians for a format that’s handy to use on the sales floor or in the field.
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When the print version of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer was discontinued, in 2018, we decided that it would be useful to collect in a single volume the most essential articles on every subject, along with abbreviated versions of the brand profiles (but no model-and-price data). We consider this volume to be the 21st-century successor to The Piano Book. Although it is technically out of print, some copies may still be found in stores that sell bargain books.