Do any of you dealers or tuner technicians here have experience of this in the UK - expensive pianos being sold primarily for display purposes? I'm sure it must occasionally occur, which is great for sellers in the business but not so for the aftermarket. And almost criminal for those of us who love pianos for what they are - to be admired and played daily.
Have a client who has a 9' concert grand in dining room it only gets played once a year when they have a dinner party, they get in a pianist. Been tuning that piano for over 20 years
I would add that certain parts of Lancashire seem to have more pianos for display than others like Southport, ParrBold and Lytham St Annes
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pi-AH-no was used regularly for soirees (!) but a hair I laid across the hammers around middle C was still there a year later.
Another (new) grand piano was in TERRIBLE tune and hadn't been tuned since its purchase 4 years prior from a certain posh store in Knaightsbridge. 'Who plays?' I asked. 'O, nobody - but we just HAD to have a grand piano for that bay window...'
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