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Secondhand Instruments

We specialise in top-quality secondhand instruments that offer a risk-free musical investment for yourself and your family for years to come. These instruments range from sturdy reliable instruments for beginners,  to fully-rebuilt German models by the top makers.  All instruments are guaranteed, delivered to your home,  and tuned onsite.

Reconditioned, refurbished, restored, rebuilt?

It’s the length of a piece of string,  and there are some woolly definitions out there..At one end of the scale, a fully-rebuilt instrument will be more or less as-new,  with more or less everything – including the soundboard – carefully restored or replaced.  At the other end of the scale, a recent instrument from a good maker should need very little work doing on it.

Overstrung, underdamped – what’s all that about?

In general, the better models of pianos are overstrung – that is, the treble and bass strings cross over making a sort of “x” shape,  This allows for a longer length of string in a given space, means a more heavily-engineered construction, and in consequence a fuller and richer sound.  Mass-produced straight-strung pianos tend to be of inferior quality – on the other hand,  there are some very nice early 20th-century straight-strung instruments by high-end makers such as Bechstein, Bluthner and Lipp which are well worth considering.

Overdamped instruments have their dampers above the hammers – closer to the ends of the strings – so they’re less effective. Ideally, an upright piano should be overstrung, underdamped.  Remember that one!

See our current secondand piano stock.