My wife found a mover who is local to the seller who is also a piano tuner and buys and sells some pianos. He offered to come out and meet me at the sellers to have a look at the piano. When my wife first talked to him she said he was a bit negative about U1s, he didn't deal in them because their price was too high. My wife said he was also negative about the lack of regular maintenance. He said that because it hadn't been tuned more frequently it was likely to have problems that could be very expensive to fix. He gave us a reasonable price to move the piano but when my wife asked if it included insurance he said that it didn't but if we wanted it we could take some out ourselves. Everything my wife told him about the piano tended to get a bit of a negative reaction so it may well be that that's just his character.
The two things that concern me was the lack of insurance and the statement about the problems relating to the lack of tuning. I know that a piano should be tuned more frequently but it was tuned once a year up until two years ago which would seem to me to be not that unusual. It surprises me that this level of lack of tuning should raise any alarm bells, but maybe it should? I am very interested to know what other tuners or piano techs think about this. Also his approach to insurance concerns me. I would have thought it would be a standard option. I appreciate that there might be an extra cost but he didn't offer it at all, is that common?
Any input would be gratefully received.
As to the insurance Hmm if the removers damage the walls or doors taking it out then you are liable, so you would have to sue him to get your money back for any damage done Make sure the removal company has public liability insurance also for items in transit
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