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Old 09-16-2018, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is an out of tune piano still worth something?

I have two opportunities to acquire a piano.

One, there's a piano in my apartment building, down in the lobby. No one ever plays it, and it's horribly out of tune, but all the keys produce a sound and it's in reasonably good shape otherwise.

Two, there's a different piano available at a local thrift store. It is out of tune as well, but it also plays sound on every key and is in good shape for the price of $60.

I've asked the landlady for the building if I can have the piano in the lobby. If she says no, then I might opt for the thrift store piano. Up to now, I've been "teaching myself" music theory through videos on YouTube (mostly Michael New and Adam Neely, among a few others). I haven't yet started on the technique of, "here's how you press the keys."

Knowing the piano isn't going to sound as it should and I can't afford to get it tuned, would those of you who play piano still recommend getting one of the instruments I described, if only to practice technique?
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bruh, if it makes sound then it's worth it. And a $60 piano is worth its weight in gold since you'll have a piano and be able to make sounds with it. If the sounds aren't what you should be expected to make then cum on them and make cool **** anyway. It's ****ing music, dude. Just have fun. Your band teacher can kill himself and the world would probably be no worse off.

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Old 09-17-2018, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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$60 is a screaming deal so long as you can transport it yourself (I assume that's why it's so cheap). You can hire a professional tuner for $100-150 to get it in tune. Could cost more if strings need to be replaced. Or you can just be a G and work with what you can get and mash dem out of tune keys like a madman.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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^That all seems like a lot of work, just get one of these:

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyb...-mini-keyboard

Portable, cheap, won't go out of tune, and good for that next step in your journey.

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Old 09-17-2018, 01:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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^That all seems like a lot of work, just get one of these:

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Portable, cheap, won't go out of tune, and good for that next step in your journey.
Does something like that have a headphone jack? If it does, I could play it in my apartment without getting complaints from fellow residents.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Does something like that have a headphone jack? If it does, I could play it in my apartment without getting complaints from fellow residents.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If your intentions are solely to learn how to play keyboard,
then, yes, you should get yourself a portable one. If keyboard
playing is something you continue to enjoy after a few months,
then you could easily move on up by buying one with more sound
possibilities. OTOH, if you start hating piano, you won’t be stuck
with a huge burden of a full-sized one. A “proper” piano is one
of those things that is nice to have when you are older and
settled in a nice home with space.

I have a neighbor who has a junk piano on his front porch -
painted mostly bright red - with the word “doorbell” in huge
letters across the front.

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Old 09-17-2018, 01:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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10-4 good buddy.
Ah, I didn't see that. I should probably have my coffee before I try socializing. Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Apartment living I wouldn't recommend it, they're heavy and loud. But when/if you get a house I highly recommend getting a piano, even if it's a slightly beat up one. And then if you love it and start to get good at it then you can upgrade.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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