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Wednesday, 26 October 2011
"What's in a Name?" Part 3
Topic: Buying or Selling

Now, you are in a piano store shopping for a new or nearly new piano.  Your piano teacher suggests "Brand X" because thats what she has and "It's a good one."  You remember grandma  had a great old  "Brand Y."  You don't realize it, but your piano teacher's piano is from the 1960's and grandma's was built in 1922.  As you look around the piano store you see these names and others; some familiar, others not.  The styles, sizes, and prices vary widely as does the quality.  One may be made in Indonesia, another in Japan, and yet another name is owned by a Korean company, but produced in their Chinese factory.  The solution, you conclude, is to go home and Google the name of the piano you are interested in.  what you find is a long "romantic" history of a U.S. company that employed only the best craftsmen, used the best materials, and only operated  to the highest standards to produce an instrument of unparalleled quality. . . blah, blah, blah.  Guess what?  They all say that.  They tend to minimize or neglect altogether the fact that the name is now owned by a Chinese company that produces very low quality instruments, often prone to a host of problems.  Stay tuned for the solution in part 4.



Posted by Dean Diers Piano Service at 6:35 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 7:04 PM CDT

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