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Approximate Retail Baldwin Piano Price for All Makes and Models

Baldwin FAQ's - Common Questions People Have About Baldwin Pianos
  1. What is the difference between a Baldwin Pianos and other popular piano brands like Steinway, Yamaha and Kawai pianos?
  2. Why are they so expensive?
  3. Does Baldwin as a piano brand date back as far as Steinway?
  4. Are Baldwin's as good as Steinway pianos?
  5. Should I buy a Baldwin new or used?
Answers to the above questions
  1. There are many connections and similarities between Baldwin, Steinway, Yamaha and Kawai pianos. Like their competitors, Baldwin Piano Company builds a full line of makes and models including a 36" spinet, 40" classic console, 42 1/2" Acrasonic console, 45" Hamilton studio upright, 52" upright and 42" console and 45 1/2" studio Kranich & Bach vertical pianos. Their grand's include the "Classic Line" B1 - 4'10" and the model C - 5'7", the C142  4' 7", the 5'1" C152, the 5'8" C172 models and the "Artist" series that include the 5'2" model M, the 5'8" model R, the 6'3" model L the 7' SF10 and the 9' SD10.

    Baldwin dates back in piano history almost as far as does Steinway & Sons, having been founded in 1862 by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin. Baldwin Piano Company early on sold Steinway pianos as a franchise. Baldwin started out manufacturing organs in Chicago, incorporating the Hamilton organ company in 1889, and establishing the Baldwin piano company in Cincinnati the following year after which they lost their franchise with Steinway Piano Company.

    Baldwin has had a mixed history, financially and in terms of quality consistency of their products. Some technicians have had problems in servicing their pianos due to problems like action parts, squeaks, cabinet alignment errors, broken keys, loose tuning pins and other annoying issues. In the 1970's, 80's these types of problems became a big problem for the company amongst buyers and technicians. They recently have gone to great effort to correct many of these problems though some still linger.

    Despite these types of problems, Baldwin has built some top notch excellent pianos like the model SF-10. Their home model grand pianos like the model M and the L can be good quality instruments for the serious music student, teacher and musician.
     

  2. Baldwin pianos can be fairly pricy for the starter piano owner. With all their problems, Baldwin has the name that goes back, back to early modern piano history and manufacturing. Furthermore, they built and continue to build some great pianos, despite all the problems that they have had. Many shoppers with sticker shock end up looking at Yamahas or Kawai's as an alternative purchase.
     
  3. Baldwin did not start building their own lines of pianos as did Steinway but they were still early modern piano makers. The first Baldwin piano was an upright, though they later manufactured grand pianos.
     
  4. Some Baldwin pianos are as good but overall Steinway manufacture more quality instruments earlier and longer than did Baldwin.
     
  5. If money is no object, look for new while being open to look at used, refurbished models. For most people, money is a large object. The best way to save money in buying a Baldwin piano is to buy it used or slightly used as a strategy of shaving the bucks of the retail price. ALWAYS HAVE AN EXPERIENCED TUNER TECHNICIAN GO THROUGH THE PIANO, WHETHER IT IS NEW OR USED, BEFORE PURCHASING IT!
 
 
 
 


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