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by MarkGoodwinPianos » 30 Mar 2011, 13:22
I am very happy to provide you with a free piano in good working order that is overstrung and underdamped. However, I won't have time to handle it via PM or email. I set aside some time each day to do a quick check of this forum because I very much enjoy the community feel of this place. So I make time for that and I enjoy it. However, I don't have any time available for walking through the process of choosing, photographing and helping arrange delivery of a free piano via PM or email. When it comes to one-to-one digital communication I have to devote my efforts to replying to any emails that might come in from paying customers.
I don't know if that explanation makes sense but I enjoy the community feel of posting in a public forum. Doing it all behind closed doors is not fun in the same way.
I will always have something knocking about though. Perhaps if I chose I what I felt to be the best option and then listed in the UK Piano "pianos for sale" section and posted a link here that might be acceptable to Barrie. But even then I would only be willing to take questions via the forum, not email or PM.
Fingers crossed we can sort something out for you.
I hope the forum admin(s) realise that this is not a profitable venture. It's just putting the forum to good use to help people with zero budget get a piano that I don't mind letting go for free which is still a half-decent piano. If I were a proper capitalist I'd sell these for £150 - £500 but I'm not a pure capitalist so I'm happy to give things away from time to time.
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 30 Mar 2011, 14:24
MarkGoodwinPianos wrote:That all sounds fine with me. Yes you could pop and have a nosey when I have a few in to choose from.
I'm not sure how much delivery would be sorry. I don't know how much APK charged Lou.
Let me know when you are ready to move on this and we'll see what we can sort out.
by piano heads » 30 Mar 2011, 18:13
Rename the website THE U.K.PIANO GREAT GIVE-AWAY PAGE.dave brum wrote:MarkGoodwinPianos wrote:I'm happy to repeat this process dozens of times for private individuals seeking a free working piano.
Are you any good at consoling piano-sceptic spouses also, Mark???
by NewAge » 30 Mar 2011, 20:36
Barrie Heaton wrote:MarkGoodwinPianos wrote:That's no fun lol. I want to do it for friendly forum members, not your average bargain hunter who expects the world for nothing and then shows no gratitude. I'll maybe just do the same approach as in this topic by waiting until someone comes along saying "should I accept this free piano" and then tell us that it is an 1880 straight-strung overdamper from the local farmer's barn. I could parp up at that point and offer them something better for free
Then do it as a PM like the other retailers do Offering a piano for fee is just the same as saying I can sell that make £100.00 cheaper than that shop. That is one way of getting you banned. Barrie,
by NewAge » 30 Mar 2011, 20:53
PianoLove wrote:At least Mark's pianos are going to good homes by people who will appreciate them and be very grateful.
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 30 Mar 2011, 22:24
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 30 Mar 2011, 22:29
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 31 Mar 2011, 09:38
by mdw » 31 Mar 2011, 10:29
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 31 Mar 2011, 11:14
MarkGoodwinPianos wrote:Sorry about that.
As we saw the other day you can get something good from ebay for £50.
Keep your eye on ebay and post links to cheap Kemble, Eavestaff and Bentley auctions in your area.
Hopefully we can help you make a good choice.
by lou-lou33 » 31 Mar 2011, 21:52
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 31 Mar 2011, 23:26
MarkGoodwinPianos wrote:Oh how can this possibly be against forum policy
What a beautiful happy ending. The piano looks brilliant and will serve you all very well.
How can this be banned?
by MarkGoodwinPianos » 01 Apr 2011, 09:44
PianoLove wrote:Next time you see a poster who is worthy of your offer Mark just PM them and then ask them to contact you via your website.
lou-lou33 wrote:Hi Mark,
The piano was delivered this morning, and I have attached a photo to show you how it looks in situ (I couldn't resist the candelabrum!)
Thanks so much for doing this, it is very kind and generous of you, and you have made me (and three little ones) very happy. It's been a pleasure, and I look forward to hopefully meeting face to face one day!
All the very best.
by piano heads » 02 Apr 2011, 02:00
by piano heads » 02 Apr 2011, 02:00
by piano heads » 02 Apr 2011, 13:27
Again the comments are not personal and are aimed at people who will try anything so as not to be out of pocket when piano buying even though they can well afford to do so.Regards my own situation for 32 years worked 24/7 and took a small local piano business to being one of the U.K leading piano retailers till retiring last year.Free pianos Free lunch dont think so just hard graft got me where i am no silver spoons here.PianoLove wrote:I hope you are not alluding to me being a "scrounger" piano heads- for your information my job is part time- 25 hours at minimum wage-I am a graduate and have taken a job far below my capabilities and qualifications so as to NOT be a "scrounger" (as you so elegantly put it) on benefits. You also know nothing of Lou's circumstances either.
In addition, I will be saving to get my Edwardian Piano restored as soon as I'm able to- I am applying for lots of full time better paid jobs.
Some people do not have a large income, so it is not won't pay for pianos- they just do not have the income to be able to afford to buy a piano.
My Edwardian Piano was given to me from freecyle last year. Mark was offering me a more up to date piano which I was considering because my older piano needs some work done and it would be nice to have another piano whilst the older one goes in for restoration- the offer was there, I could have homed the piano in the near future, cannot see any problem.Mark also sells pianos- he makes his living, he is also generous - sometimes giving pianos away that he does not wish to sell.He also stated himself he doesn't give them to people who are ungrateful and are scroungers.
One shouldn't make assumptions about others- I am putting a lot of effort into finding a better paid job- many applications, doing voluntary work etc. You are indeed fortunate to have been born with a silver spoon in that you have never had to struggle to earn a decent income so that you may see others who are poor as scroungers.
by piano heads » 02 Apr 2011, 16:23
Could not agree more.mdw wrote:You can also get a load of c**p on ebay. When a customer come to me wanting to get rid of a grotty piano I advise them we charge £150 to collect and destroy. Most tell me they will put them on ebay. These are pianos with major problems I have advised be broken up. Most of these are 50-120 years old.!!!
A piano is either good and has a value or isnt good and should be broken up. The reason most people get a free piano is cost. I am happy to destroy pianos we have taken away on delivery of a new instrument. The cost to us us is half a days labour plus £250+vat for a skip for 5 pianos. Quite frankly I would rather the £300 in my pocket and not have the agro but I dont want to see the same grotty pianos passed around the area putting players off. THERES NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH.
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