Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

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Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Post by pmarc » 04 Dec 2016, 19:45

Looking at this piano to buy. Just curious about the general impression among technicians and players, jazz preferably.

It's my teacher's piano, in New York City. He says it's in immaculate condition with regular tunings and regulation.

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Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Post by Colin Nicholson » 05 Dec 2016, 10:21

No one in the world can comment on an individual piano, without seeing it, or having it fully inspected (internally) and partly tuned to assess its condition for tuning torque and stability. Most Yamahas I have tuned & played have been fine - good pianos in general. Ask to see all tuning & regulation invoices, if that regular. Tuning should be every 6 months, and regulation should be every 2-3 years (so not needed to be so regular)

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Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Post by pmarc » 05 Dec 2016, 13:58

Thanx Colin. So I assume correctly this piano if checks out good today wont have any surprises later... I imagine some pianos can be expected to go bad after they hit a certain age...like a car... But not this one? Btw he wants $6000 USD...I suspect the wear and tear on its exterior has slowed its sale...on the market for years.

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Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Post by Colin Nicholson » 05 Dec 2016, 15:42

Nobody knows about later surprises, even after an inspection - that's just on its current condition. A piano already over 50 years old will deteriorate like anything else, so a thorough "paid" inspection is the way forward....that might reveal any nasty surprises like loose tuning pins. Also depends on the price / any refurbishment work? / general wear and tear - and how the piano has been kept.

At the moment, forget the "G7" and even forget "Yamaha" ---- needs to be tested as a piano, not its name or model number. May need new hammers, rollers/ rep springs, key bushings loose (common) etc.
Only when you eventually own the piano, will reveal its tuning stability - there are always risks for old pianos, any name and model. Best to contact a piano technician and have it assessed, and ask seller's permission. Send the technician any advertising links too / photos.... so they have a rough idea.

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Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Post by pmarc » 05 Dec 2016, 16:04

TY Colin. Very useful advice. Best of luck to you.

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Post by Barrie Heaton » 07 Dec 2016, 21:23

Ask yourself this would you buy a car of a driving instructor

The piano has probably been played to death

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