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Buying A Piano

How to Buy a Piano

Decide on a piano budget you can afford: you don’t want your piano to represent guilt or hardship. Consider the appearance and type of piano you want: a piano is not only an instrument, it can be a substantial piece of furniture. When you find one that’s looks good, it’s time to try it out. Be ruthless, try every note, every style, every volume. Play all different kinds of music: some that’s loud and fast, and some that’s soft and slow. If you don’t play yourself, bring a friend along with you to the store who does. Remember, you might not fall in love with the first one you see, but with a little time you’ll find the piano that you’re meant to be with.

Buying Privately

Many of the pianos offered for sale on a private basis may need money spent on them for restoration. Many instruments will be unsuitable and require an expert to check them over. Beware of pianos needing major restoration work to control your budget. Before purchasing a piano through a private sale, consider the following points:

  • Contact a reputable piano restoration company to do an inspection.
  • Make an allowance of $250 to $1000 for repairs and transportation.
  • If buying from a friend or colleague do not assume it is a good instrument. They may not know.

Pacey’s Pianos can perform the inspection, make moving and tuning arrangements, and can even perform the negotiations. We’ve got the expertise you can trust. Contact Pacey’s Pianos to find out more about our inspection service. Sites like lotsofpianos.com or craigslist offer lots of variety but it is buyer beware

Important Factors When Buying a Piano

  1. What budget can you afford?
  2. Do you want an upright or grand?
  3. What color and look do you want from your piano?
  4. Will you buy your piano privately or through a dealer?
  5. What kind of warranty does the piano come with?
  6. What kind of after sales service does the piano have?
  7. What does the piano ‘sound’ like? If you’re not yet musical, bring someone with you who can help.

Buying From a Piano Dealer

Buying from a piano dealer is usually the best and safest way to purchase. For peace of mind, you want to find a dealer you are comfortable with. You need someone who knows the products and understands what you are looking for. Ask yourself:

  1. How long have they really been in business? – Some Piano stores claim that they have been in business for years but have only bought the piano name from someone else, usually someone closing a failing business. This means buying from someone with no understanding, experience or involvement in pianos.
  2. Are they going to continue to be in business? – Are they doing well? Do they own their premise or are they renting? How old is the owner of the store? How much do they know about the business? What is their overhead like? What is their warranty like and more importantly, are they going to be around to fulfill it?
  3. Do you trust they will do a good job if something goes wrong?
  4. Do they stand behind their product?
  5. What is there reputation like? Can they give you any testimonials?
  6. Do they have their own repair shop? Do they employ trustworthy and experienced craftsmen?
  7. How do they make you feel? Are they genuinely interested in pianos or is it just a business?
  8. What are their policies?

Pacey’s have been devoted to pianos for generations. Contact Pacey’s Pianos to find out more about buying a piano form someone you can trust

Pianos at Auction

Never buy at auction! A convenient way for dealers and general members of the public to reduce their undesirable inventory is to sell it at auction. The vast majority of pianos as auction require significant repair and refurbishment.

The Best Choice to Purchase

Buying from a reputable dealer is the safest way to purchase a piano. Many give good warranties with their pianos and peace of mind is something that should be considered. At Pacey’s Pianos, we have tradition, experience, skilled staff to make your purchase easy and we’re devoted to giving you customer service as outstanding as your piano.

Used Japanese Pianos

Buying a good-quality, used Japanese piano from a reputable dealer is a smart investment. It allows you to have the benefits of an industry leading Yamaha instrument while not having to pay for the dramatic depreciation that occurs in the first few years. Pacey’s Pianos customers typically save 50-60% off of equivalent new instruments.

Japanese pianos have very long lives even if in original condition as long as they have been maintained over their lives. Pacey’s Pianos only purchases the best examples of these beautiful instruments and ensures that each and every one is brought back to fantastic condition before arriving on the sales floor. Because of our exceptional selection process, the instruments that we select will have an estimated service life of over 60 years.

There are some myths about these grey market supposedly wet pianos especially regarding the idea of seasoning. All Pacey’s Pianos is unique because we inspect and monitor each and every piano we purchase. Each are hand-picked and is subjected to a rigourous inspection process. Twice in Japan and once in our warehouse. Each piano has a minimum waiting period to ensure proper acclimatization to the Canadian environment. Pacey’s Pianos are the leaders in piano rentals and we only purchase the best pianos for our fleet for long service life and a lifetime of enjoyment.

There is much controversy over the idea of a wet piano or grey market piano and their durability over time in Canada. The answer is somewhat involved and worthwhile to know about if you are in the market as you could save thousands of dollars with your purchase. Any one of our representatives will be happy to discuss with you some of the finer details to this discussion.

At Pacey’s Pianos, with so many decades in the business and so many happy customers, you can rest assured and confident in our warranty.

Music Education Facts

Music Education Facts and Figures

Source: MENC – The National Association for Music Education

  • “Every student in the nation should have an education in the arts…” This is the opening statement of “The Value and Quality of Arts Education: A Statement of Principles“, a document from the nation’s ten most important educational organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, the National Education Association, the National Parent Teacher Association, and the National School Boards Association.

  • The benefits of music education can be grouped in four categories:

    1. Success in society

    2. Success in school

    3. Success in developing intelligence

    4. Success in life

Benefit ONE: Success in Society

Music is a part of the fabric of our society. The value of music is recognized in the many cultures that make up life every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals. The tangible value of music can be seen below:

  1. Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs). — Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998
  2. “Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students and enhances spatial intelligence in newborns”— Michael Greene, Recording Academy President and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 2000.
  3. The U.S. Department of Education lists the arts as subjects that college-bound middle and junior high school students should take, stating “It is well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to children’s intellectual development.”
  4. The College Board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic subject areas students should study in order to succeed in college.
  5. The arts create jobs, increase the local tax base, boost tourism, spur growth in related businesses (hotels, restaurants, printing, etc.) and improve the overall quality of life for our cities and towns.

Benefit TWO: Success in School

Skills learned through the discipline of music transfer to study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills useful in every part of the curriculum:

  1. “The term ‘core academic subjects’ means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.” — No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 (11)
  2. A study of 237 second grade children used piano keyboard training and newly designed math software to demonstrate improvement in math skills. The group scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children that used only the math software.
  3. In an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students, researchers found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”
  4. US students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored consistently higher on the SAT.
  5. Music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students, and that the percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of non- participants receiving those grades.
  6. Students who participated in an arts programs in selected elementary and middle schools in New York City showed significant increases in self-esteem and thinking skills.

Benefit THREE: Success in Developing Intelligence

Measures of a child’s intelligence are indeed increased with music instruction. A combination of tightly-controlled behavioral studies and groundbreaking neurological research show how music study can actively contribute to brain development:

  1. In a study, the brains of pianists were shown to be more efficient at making skilled movements. And musical training was shown to enhance brain function
  2. “The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling–training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attentional skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.”
  3. Music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science.
  4. Students in two Rhode Island elementary schools who were given a skill-building music program showed marked improvement in reading and math skills.
  5. Sight-reading musical scores and playing music both activate regions in all four of the cortex’s lobes; and that parts of the cerebellum are also activated during those tasks.
  6. After only eight months of keyboard lessons, preschoolers show a 46% boost in their spatial reasoning IQ.
  7. Researchers found that children given piano lessons significantly improved in their spatial- temporal IQ scores compared to children who received computer lessons, casual singing, or no lessons.
  8. A McGill University study found that pattern recognition and mental representation scores improved significantly for students given piano instruction over a three-year period.
  9. Researchers found that lessons on songbells (a standard classroom instrument) led to significant improvement of spatial-temporal scores for three- and four-year-olds.
  10. In the Kindergarten classes of the Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin, children who were given music instruction scored 48 percent higher on spatial-temporal skill tests than those who did not receive music training.
  11. A study found significant increases in overall self-concept of at-risk children participating in an arts program that included music, movement, dramatics and art, as measured by the Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale.

Benefit FOUR: Success in Life

Participation in music brings countless benefits to each individual throughout life. The benefits may be psychological or spiritual, and they may be physical as well:

  1. Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits. An association of music and math has, in fact, long been noted. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others.
  2. “Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.” — Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO.
  3. “Studying music and the arts elevates children’s education, expands students’ horizons, and teaches them to appreciate the wonder of life.” — U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, July 1999.
  4. The nation’s top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.
  5. “Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” — Gerald Ford, former President, United States of America
  6. “Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.” — Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America
Facts compiled by MENC Staff, Spring 2002. 

Piano Lessons

Find A Piano Teacher

Finding the right piano teacher that is right for you is essential to the development of any pianist – aspiring or otherwise – and above all, the enjoyment of the music you make. If you live in the Vancouver area or anywhere in British Columbia,take a look at the link below (The Piano Teachers Federation) to help you find the right instructor, or contact Pacey’s Pianos directly. We can help you make the right decision before enrolling in a music school or hiring a teacher.

Pacey’s Pianos is a proud supporter of the Piano Teachers Federation. Please visit their site for valuable resources and take advantage of their powerful search function to find the right teacher for you in your area.

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Piano Maintenance

Piano Maintenance Basics

We all need attention from time to time, and so does your piano. Pacey’s Pianos will keep your piano healthy, and well-cared for!

To maintain a healthy piano, it must be regularly maintained. At the heart of piano maintenance is piano tuning. Changes in humidity and temperature, and movement of strings will all adversely affect a piano. Aa a rule of thumb, tunings should be done often enough to hold pitch between A439 and A441, the optimum tuning for a piano. Depending upon your humidity control and the condition of your instrument, you will need between one to four tunings per year. Minor repairs and adjustments can be made at the same time. Our technicians are expertly trained with over 25 years of experience, and provide a thorough examination during every tuning.

Your piano should be immaculately cleaned, the action regulated, and the hammers reshaped and voiced approximately every three years.

Piano Makes You Smarter

Playing the Piano Increases Intelligence

Generations ago, Walter Pacey had a dream of giving music to everyone. We understand his passion and devotion. However, he may not have understood the full benefits to the musically minded. Contact Pacey’s Pianos to discuss the right piano for you and your family. Academic research has given us conclusive proof of the major benefits of playing a musical instrument, especially the piano. It can help children develop cognitive skills, helping them gain confidence and improving social skills and networks. It has been proved to reduce stress in adults and help keep minds of all ages healthy and exercised. Giving a child the gift of music may also give them the gift of enhanced academic achievement.

Benefits of Playing the Piano

There is clear evidence of the benefits of playing the piano:

  1. increases a player’s confidence through the acquisition of a new skill
  2. increases a players’ creativity
  3. fosters and garners social and community responsibilities
  4. increases brain activity
  5. helps with conditions associated with memory loss
  6. reduces stress levels in all ages
  7. promotes lower blood pressure
  8. helps work against depression and related conditions
  9. enhances cognitive development in children

Playing the piano can add so much to your lifestyle and promote a healthy mind and body for a lifetime. It’s a passion we at Pacey’s Pianos understand, live and breathe. Contact Pacey’s Pianos to discuss the right piano for you and your family.

The Academic Research

Piano teachers and those of us who work with music everyday have always known the benefits of playing an instrument. We’ve had our passion confirmed by the research findings of Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin at OshKosh, and Dr. Gordon Shaw of the University of California at Irvine. Their research shows the importance of music in early developmental stages of childhood and has attracted many supporters. The team explored the link between music and intelligence, finding music training, especially the piano, superior to computer instruction in enhancing a child’s abstract reasoning skills. This makes playing the piano far more beneficial to children’s understanding of math and science. Building on their earlier studies which showed how music can enhance spatial-reasoning ability, the doctors compared the effects of musical and non-musical training on intellectual development. For their experiments, the researchers created four groups of preschoolers: one group received private piano or keyboard lessons; a second group received singing lessons; a third group received private computer lessons; and a fourth group received no additional training. Those children who received piano or keyboard training performed 34 percent higher than the other groups on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability, showing music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, science and engineering. This research can change the way educators view the core school curriculum, as it proves making music nurtures the intellect and produces long-term intellectual improvements. Dr. Rauscher tells us, “It has been clearly documented that young students have difficulty understanding the concepts of proportion (heavily used in math and science) and that no successful program has been developed to teach these concepts in the school system.” Dr. Shaw added, “The high proportion of children who evidenced dramatic improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning as a result of music training should be of great interest to scientists and educators.” This research does not stand alone. Numerous studies have recently focused on child development and music. Early experiences determine which brain cells connect with others and which ones die away. Young brains develop to their full potential when exposed to experiences that nurture and enrich them in early childhood. Studies indicate that playing and learning an instrument, especially the piano, generates the right kind of connections for enhanced intellectual capacity, including capabilities necessary for understanding mathematical concepts. A Canadian study shows the IQ of students participating in music training increased by three points more than children who were not. In no other subject area than music does a child have to make four or five decisions per second and then act on them continuously for long stretches of time. This research lends more weight to the theory music exercises parts of the brain useful in mathematics, spatial intelligence and other intellectual pursuits. Study author, E. Glenn Schellenberg, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga said, “With music lessons, because there are so many different facets involved – such as memorizing, expressing emotion, learning about musical interval and chords – the multidimensional nature of the experience may be motivating the effect” In his study, Schellenberg offered 12 six year-olds from the Toronto area free weekly voice or piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Over a school year, those children receiving voice or piano tutorial saw their IQ increase an average of 2.7 points more than the other groups. The authors of both research studies are in wholehearted agreement music lessons should be available to children as part of their education.

More Benefits to Learning to Play the Piano

Learning to play the piano and music instruction increases a child’s cooperative skills and they learn that together, they can accomplish more than in isolation. A cooperative understanding is an excellent grounding in teamwork, an essential skill throughout one’s life. Such a skill as playing the piano gives great pleasure to the musician and those around them. It increases self esteem to know you are mastering a complex and sought after skill. This can build a ‘can-do’ attitude and a positive self image. Learning music helps increase their understanding of aesthetics, creativity, emotional responses, abstract thinking and creative expression. As well as the complex cognitive advantages piano playing has, it gives the player a sense of beauty, enriching one’s life.

Musical Education the Benefits:

  1. development of higher order thinking skills
  2. analysis
  3. synthesis
  4. logic
  5. creativity
  6. improved concentration
  7. lengthened attention spans
  8. improved memory and retention
  9. improved interpersonal skills
  10. abilities to work with others in collaborative ways

Facts and Figures About Making Music

  1. 113 million, or 53%, of Americans over the age of 12 are current or former music makers. (Source: 1997 “American Attitudes Towards Music” poll conducted by the Gallup Organization)
  2. Americans Say Schools Should Offer Instrumental Music Instruction as part of the regular curriculum. 88% of respondents indicated this in a 1997 “American Attitudes Towards Music” Gallup poll. (Source: Music Trades, September 1997)
  3. Active music-making positively affects the biology and behavior of Alzheimer’s patients. (Source: Music Making and Wellness Project, a study conduc ted at the University of Miami)
  4. The window of opportunity for studying music is between the ages of three and ten. This is the time when we are the most receptive to and able to process music. (Source: Newsweek, February 19, 1996)
  5. Rhode Island studies have indicated that sequential, skill-building instruction in art and music integrated with the rest of the curriculum can greatly improve children’s performance in reading and math. (Source: “Learning Improved by Arts Training” by Martin Gardiner, Alan Fox, Faith Knowles, and Donna Jeffrey, Nature, May 23, 1996)
  6. “The Mozart Effect”surfaced when research uncovered that adults who listened to music of complexity for ten minutes or so experienced temporary increases in their spatial IQ scores. (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D.,Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1993-1994)

Facts and Figures About Making Music

A recent study of teenage science students in over seventeen countries showed the top three academic countries were Hungary, the Netherlands, and Japan. All three include music throughout the curriculum from kindergarten through high school. The Kodály system of music education was introduced in Hungarian schools due to the success of children in Hungarian “singing schools.” The academic prowess of math and science students in Hungary continues to be exceptional. Another report shows that academic establishments who produce the highest grades in the United States devote 20 to 30 per cent of the day on creative arts, with increased attention on music. St. Augustine Bronx elementary school was failing in 1984. It started an intensive music program and today they have 90 per cent of students reading at or above grade level. Davidson School in Augusta, Georgia (grades 5-12), started its music and arts program in 1981 and is now the top academic school in the country. Ashley River Elementary in Charleston, North Carolina is second academically, second only to a school for the academically gifted. Thanks to advancements in science, we can see the effect musical learning and playing has on the brain. When people learn to read music, begin to understand key signatures, notation and other musical references, and can follow a sequence of notes, the left hemisphere of the brain starts to work, producing the same brain activity as analytical and mathematical thinking. Can a love of music affect our cognitive abilities? Dr. Paul MacLean at the National Institute of Mental Health has a theory that suggests the human brain acts as three brains in one. The smallest part of the brain, about 5 per cent, called the ‘reticular formation’, is like a ‘gateway’ for the majority of sensory input we experience and maintains automatic body processes like breathing and heartbeat. About 10 per cent, the limbic system, controls the emotions, various memories, and our glands. The cerebral cortex, about 85% of the brain, controls higher order thinking processes. However, the smaller limbic system is powerful enough to have a positive or negative affect on learning and higher order thinking. Such positive emotions, such as love, tenderness, and humor, can help higher order thinking. However, conversely, negative emotions, such as anger, hostility, and fear, can literally inhibit the brain, reducing it to basic survival thinking. When children are exposed to situations where they are joyfully making music, a positive effect on their emotional make-up can take place. Dr. Georgi Lozonov, Bulgarian founder of accelerated learning techniques has researched the most effective music for academic devleopment. According to Dr. Lozonov, Baroque and Romantic music offer students increased learning opportunities in any subject. Dr Lozonov has reportedly used the technique for corporate training programs and schools, halving the time it takes to deliver teaching.

Success Stories of Using Music for Academic Accomplishment

Chicago’s inner-city Guggenheim Elementary School are enjoying good attendance records alongside good test scores and increased enthusiasm since a fresh approach to academia using visual arts and music was instigated. Music has been used successfully and extensively to teach students at the Horton School in San Diego to become bilingual in Spanish and English.

The Fully Rounded Facets of Music and Musical Training

We live with music to such an extent it’s easy to take it for granted. But break it down into its constituent areas and it becomes easy to see how integral it is with every facet of our life.

  1. Science – Music is a specialized science dealing with the qualities of sound, acoustics and timbre. Extensive training is given to the aural discrimination between like pitches and those that are different.
  2. Mathematics – Counting in groups of two, three, four and higher are used consistently in all music repertoire. We develop and reinforce the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  3. Geography – Music is a common language, but unique to every culture on Earth. Each music selection utilizes rhythmic patterns and a specified tonality. Both have their origins from other regions and countries on the globe.
  4. History – When musicians understand the intentions of the composer’s masterpiece, they gain insight to all historical eras. Music acts as a blueprint, testimonial, and archive of the particular epoch. It is then possible to experience history through musical performance.
  5. Physical Education – The wind and vocal musician spend significant time developing proper breathing habits. Rehearsals are as intensive and exhaustive as jogging and swimming laps. Motor skills are advanced when playing percussion, woodwind, brass and string instruments. As with all sports organizations, the concepts of teamwork and cooperation are exploited in the band, orchestra and chorus setting.

Steinway vs. Mason & Hamlin

Many people do not realize that Steinway and Mason & Hamlin have shared much in their history. Not only are Steinway and Mason & Hamlin are last surviving companies of the hundreds that once populated American shores, but they represent two of the three pianos still being built there. Coming from this era, they both have a booming, full and well rounded sound that the American instruments are known for. Their scales offer a complete dynamic range and their playability is unsurpassed for technical and pleasurable merit. More than just defined by their generation, many people are unaware that they share a common patriarch: Richard Gertz. Richard was an undeniable genius when it came to piano construction. Richard was born and raised in Germany to a family of music lovers and performers. His father sold pianos in their home town of Hanover. After finishing his studies, he was invited to work at the Steinway factory in New York and contributed greatly to their scale, construction and aura. Richard later worked for several factories and after returning to Germany, was recruited by Mason & Hamlin to redesign their scales. Understanding what a master he was, they offered him a shareholder position and he went to work creating some of the most innovative improvements piano construction had ever seen. Richard Gertz is responsible for much of what defines the modern Mason & Hamlin piano: the crown retention system, the aliquots, and profound scale. When comparing top-tier pianos there are many subtleties and great differences in tone, action, and feel. Much of this is dependent on the tastes and preferences of the player and the role the piano plays in the home. Both Mason & Hamlin and Steinway boast being the highest calibre with long histories, tremendous playability, and heirloom-class longevity. Many say that the Mason & Hamlin, with its technical innovations such as the crown retention system, tunable aliquots, composite action, and extra-heavy duty construction are even superior to the Steinway. While both products compete at comparable levels of quality, there is one area where the Steinway piano is the clear winner: Marketing. Steinway is one of the few names that is universally known outside of the piano world and their reputation of quality and performance is undeniable – but this brand recognition comes at a cost. Steinway is publicly traded and in addition to a heavy marketing budget, they are inevitably driven by profit. Mason & Hamlin, on the other hand, is privately owned by the Burgett brothers and operated independently under the careful guidance of a master piano builder. Purity and dedication to crafting beautiful instruments are the driving forces. Mason & Hamlin is the piano player’s piano. It is for the discerning person who is not caught up by advertising and brand. It also comes at a significantly lower price point than the Steinway for a comparable model. Below are some basic comparisons of the Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos. As with any instrument, to truly appreciate the sound and the experience you have to play them for yourself. Get to know them and understand them – whether Steinway or Mason & Hamlin, this instrument will be a part of your family for generations to come.

 Mason & Hamlin BSteinway & Sons M
Length:5 feet 4 inches5 feet 7 inches
Width:57.22 inches57.75 inches
Weight:750 lbs.560 lbs.
Rim:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Rim thickness:3 inches2.25 inches
Pinblock:7-ply hard rock maple7-ply hard rock maple
Soundboard:Eastern White SpruceSitka Spruce
Soundboard size:1883.4 square inches1816 square inches
#1 bass string length:48.031 inches49.25 inches
Ribs:sugar pinesugar pine
Bridges:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Action:Wessell, Nickel & GrossSteinway (Renner in Hamburg only)
Tension resonator:YesNo
Manufacturer’s warranty:LIFE on rim & action, rest 12 years full warranty. 4 star rating in The Piano Book5 years limited. 3.5 star rating in The Piano Book
 Mason & Hamlin ASteinway & Sons M
Length:5 feet 8.5 inches5 feet 7 inches
Width:58.75 inches57.75 inches
Weight:860 lbs.560 lbs.
Rim:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Rim thickness:3 inches2.25 inches
Pinblock:7-ply hard rock maple7-ply hard rock maple
Soundboard:Eastern White SpruceSitka Spruce
Soundboard size:2016 square inches1816 square inches
#1 bass string length:52.5 inches49.25 inches
Ribs:sugar pinesugar pine
Bridges:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Action:Wessell, Nickel & GrossSteinway (Renner in Hamburg only)
Tension resonator:YesNo
Manufacturer’s warranty:LIFE on rim & action, rest 12 years full warranty5 years limited
Mason & Hamlin AASteinway & Sons A
Length:6 feet 4 inches6 feet 2 inches
Width:57.67 inches57.75 inches
Weight:900 lbs.695 lbs.
Rim:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Rim thickness:3.25 inches2.5 inches
Pinblock:7-ply hard rock maple7-ply hard rock maple
Soundboard:Eastern White SpruceSitka Spruce
Soundboard size:2272.4 square inches2129 inches
#1 bass string length:57.08 inches55.58 inches
Ribs:sugar pinesugar pine
Bridges:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Action:Wessell, Nickel & GrossSteinway (Renner in Hamburg only)
Tension resonator:YesNo
Manufacturer’s warranty:LIFE on rim & action, rest 12 years full warranty.5 years limited


 Mason & Hamlin BBSteinway & Sons B
Length:6 feet 11 inches6 feet 10.5 inches
Width:62.75 inches58 inches
Weight:1020 lbs.760 lbs.
Rim:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Rim thickness:3.125 inches2.75 inches
Pinblock:7-ply hard rock maple7-ply hard rock maple
Soundboard:Eastern White SpruceSitka Spruce
Soundboard size:2745 square inches!2271 square inches
#1 bass string length:59 & 3/8 inches59 & 1/4 inches
Ribs:sugar pinesugar pine
Bridges:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Action:Wessell, Nickel & GrossSteinway (Renner in Hamburg only)
Tension resonator:YesNo
Manufacturer’s warranty:LIFE on rim & action, rest 12 years full warranty. 4 star rating in The Piano Book5 years limited. 3.5 starrating in The Piano Book
Mason & Hamlin CCSteinway & Sons D
Length:9 feet 4 inches8 feet 11.75 inches
Width:58.75 inches61.25 inches
Weight:1500 lbs.990 lbs.
Rim:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Rim thickness:3.75 inches3.25 inches
Pinblock:7-ply hard rock maple7-ply hard rock maple
Soundboard:Eastern White SpruceSitka Spruce
Soundboard size:3645.5 square inches!3187 square inches
#1 bass string length:83.46 inches79.25 inches
Ribs:sugar pinesugar pine
Bridges:hard rock maplehard rock maple
Action:Wessell, Nickel & GrossSteinway (Renner in Hamburg only)
Tension resonator:YesNo
Manufacturer’s warranty:LIFE on rim & action, rest 12 years full warranty5 years limited

Where to Put My Piano

Piano Placement

Deciding where to place your new piano is an important decision, and must not be taken lightly. Because of their size, their inherent beauty and the sense of refinement and class that they bring, pianos will become a significant part to the room. Proper placement is important to make the most of the aestheticsacoustics and protection of the instrument.


Every room is different and needs to be thought through individually. Below are guides to placement.


Pianos must be protected from UV and direct sunlight. This is a two-fold issue as the sunlight will cause the finish to fade and parts of the piano to prematurely degrade.

Heat Sources

The piano must not be placed near a heat or moisture source. It should be far from the kitchen and bathrooms, sprinklers and solariums. Open windows and doors where moisture and temperature changes will take place must also be avoided. This is because temperature changes will cause the piano to go out of tune. Excess heat will cause the piano to dry out which will impact the longevity of the instrument. Excess moisture may cause the wood to expand and damage the finish, degrade the tonal qualities of the piano and cause the internal components to corrode, swell, and not perform.

Dirt and Abrasion

The piano must be placed where it will not be subject to dirt or risk being damaged. Swinging doors, running children, pets, machines, and others may cause physical damage to the piano, damage the finish, and permanently compromise the musical qualities of the piano.

Piano Sales Are Not Created Equal

Campus Piano Sales

Students are back at school and the piano sales have begun. There are a lot of competing offers and a lot of advertisements enticing people to come to one store or another and it is often difficult to decipher which is real and which is just marketing. Campus Piano sales are one such tactic that some stores take part in and while on the surface it might seem like a good deal, when it is deconstructed it quickly loses its lustre.

Music schools do not change their instruments on an annual or semi-annual basis. Doing so would force the school to absorb all of the depreciation only to purchase brand new pianos at full price. Typically at campus sales, there are only a handful of school pianos ready for retirement the rest are new and used pianos directly from the retailer’s sales floor. What is being promoted is often not what is available.

Pianos from the music department are used heavily and replaced when it is not economically viable to repair them, usually this is before they look old and while they have a modern manufactured date, but it is when the piano not performing well. It is much like buying a retired taxi-cab for a personal car, it might not appear old or be an old model, but it will have very high mileage and have seen a great deal of use. Even if it has been well maintained, it will no doubt soon be needing substantial repair.

Selling a piano at a campus sale, increases costs by adding extra moves and additional rent or commissions paid to the school to use their space and name. Since these are extra costs not applicable to buying from the retail environment, they need to be recovered by the dealer and become embedded in the price limiting your negotiating power. In many cases, buying at a campus sale is more expensive than buying directly from a store.

Since it is so expensive to move all of these instruments around the city, the retailer needs to sell as many of them as possible at the sale location in order to avoid the costs of moving them back to the retail store. One might think that this gives you more power in bargaining, but for all but the best negotiators, it results in high-pressure sales tactics as salesmen try to meet their quotas and sell as many as possible. Buying a piano is a personal experience, it is a large investment and is worthy of spending thoughtful time deciding on which individual piano is right for you. High pressure tactics force people to make rash decisions without the benefit of time to get to know an instrument.  Consumers are better off purchasing directly from a store when they have time on their side and are able to explore other stores and brands.

The idea of the campus sale sound good but with a more careful look becomes nothing more than a gimmick. In many jurisdictions, they contravene truth in advertising legislation and marketing standards.

Huge Discount sales!

Pianos are expensive items and if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Selling anything at 70% off can only be for a few reasons:

  • It is damaged inventory that needs to be liquidated. Pianos are long lived and models do not change regularly so expiry is rare.
  • The retailer first raised prices to accommodate the big sales drop trying to fool the consumer with the idea of big discounts.
  • The company is going out of business and is trying to cash out which leaves consumers without a warranty or recourse if problems arise.

Any one of these is bad for the consumer and bad for the industry. You should always trust a store with a solid reputation and a history of good business.


Bob was amazing. Best tuning we’ve had this side of the Atlantic for sure. He really enjoyed our piano too, which was fun.

The piano’s sounding great, he explained an issue we had with a beat in one string, gave us our options, and provided the perfect simple workaround solution.

Thanks guys. We’ll call you again when we need a tune, and will have no hesitation in recommending you to others.

Tom S.

Thank you Pacey’s Pianos for helping us find the perfect piano. My parents bought our first piano from Pacey’s Pianos more than 30 years ago. When I decided to my buy my own piano for our family I came to Pacey’s Pianos. What a true family tradition!

Rose H.

I am a used car salesmen and a genuine bargain hunter. I searched everywhere for a piano for 8 months. But I found the best price at Pacey’s Pianos.

Chris L.

How do you choose a piano for you 6 year old daughter? This was my predicament. I have never played any instrument in my life. Pacey’s Pianos had a great rent to own program. They helped me with everything, the teacher, the piano, the delivery. Thank you Pacey’s Pianos for
making something complicated so easy.

Betty C.

I was given a piano from a good friend but it sounded terrible. I had it inspected by tuner who told me I had to spend over $4,000.00 to make it “playable”. I didn’t know what to do, but then a friend told me about Pacey’s Pianos. I called them and from the moment I spoke to them on the phone, they were great. $250.00 later I have a working piano.

Frank K.

My late wife and I bought a grand piano from Pacey’s pianos about 40 years ago. It is a beautiful big black grand piano. Sometimes I think my wife liked the piano more than me! We are both very accomplished piano players but horrifically, the movers dropped our piano from 5 feet when I last moved. The insurance company would replace nor repair the piano due to the severity of the damage and the cost. I was absolutely heartbroken. The piano was more than an instrument to me, it brought me so much joy. I decided to get my own quotes and research. Pacey’s Pianos was very sincere and knew all the right answers. They were the only ones prepared to do such a complex job. The best news was the insurance company even picked up the tab! And of course, the Piano was perfect just as promised.

George C.

I had this piano in my basement that I got for free from an English bar. It was in very very bad shape but I guess I am a little bit eccentric so a free grand piano; how could you go wrong? This piano sat in my basement for 10 years collecting dust and looking very worn. When I decided to sell my house and move to the valley I had to make a decision. Sell this piano and buy another one or restore it. Once I started calling piano stores about the piano everyone wanted to buy it. No one would tell me why or give me any advice. But then I called Pacey’s. They gave me the age, the history and even came out to give me a free evaluation. After speaking to their experienced and helpful staff, I realized that I had a very special piano. It is a beautiful Heintzman 1905 seven foot grand piano. Being a designer I am a perfectionist myself and if I was going to have it rebuilt, it needed to looks perfect. Pacey’s assured me that it would be “just as promised” and it was.

Lynn J.

I was getting married and my wedding gift from my husband was a grand piano. My husband arranged for the piano to be delivered to our house while we were gone on our honeymoon. When we returned we found the black baby grand sitting in our livingroom….wrapped completely with the largest red bow I have ever seen in my life. It had been tuned and polished while we were gone. The tuning and polishing were not ordered but were provided free of charge as a wedding gift. Thank you, Sean.

Bianca C.

My family and I recently rented and then purchased a piano at Paceys Pianos.
We were so pleased with the level of service throughout the whole process that we would recommend anyone deciding on a piano to choose PaceysPianos.
Exceptional selection and service.

Amy H.

Sean, thank you for the wondeful job on my old Heintzman upright piano which was so very special to me as it was my Mothers. Over the years it had deteriorated and really needed to be refinished and have the damaged keys repaired. It looks absolutely fabulous. I will be passing this piano to my daughter as I want this to stay in the family.

Helen K.

We spent months looking for a piano for our daughter and I wish we had found Paceys sooner. Not only did Sean spend all of the time we needed to be educated on pianos, but he wasn’t pushy or agressive, he really cares. When we were ready, the folks at Paceys had exactly what we were looking for and at the right price. Within a week we had our beautiful U1 delivered and tune and our daughter loves it. Thanks Sean!

Frank R.

Thank you, Sean. I called a piano tuner from the newspaper who immediately told me that I had thousands of dollars in repairs before he could even start tuning. Sean’s tuner, within 2 days, wore booties in my house to protect my floors and really knew his stuff. Instead of replacing whole parts of the piano, he was able to refurbish just the small parts that needed it for a fraction of the other guy’s estimate. These guys are great and my baby grand sounds better than ever.

Jaime C.

Thanks for all of the help Michael. Now I know why you have been in business for so long.

Adam E.

Sean is very good man. He rent very nice piano to me for my homestay of one year. And he speak Korean to me. Thank you Paceys Pianos

Han K.