New Book: The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer

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The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer is a new must-have book by piano authority Larry Fine. This publication contains a series of articles on buying and looking after an acoustic or digital instrument. If you actively play the piano, it is the most useful book you can own. The strap-line on the cover rightly claims it to be, “The Definitive Guide to Buying and Caring for a Piano or Digital Piano”.

The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer

“The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer” by Larry Fine

For the last nine years, Fine has published Piano Buyer. This twice-yearly print-magazine has run highly authoritative articles that cover all aspects of buying and owning every type of piano. These features are written by Fine and other leading experts in the industry. The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer is a distillation of Fine’s excellent work over the past decade.

Table of Contents

Perhaps the best way to illustrate the scope of the book is to list the various articles…

The Prodigious Power of Piano Playing by Brian Chung

Acoustic or Digital: What’s Best For Me? by Alden Skinner and Larry Fine
Piano Buying Basics by Larry Fine

The New-Piano Market Today by Larry Fine
A Map of the Market for New Pianos (“Ratings”) by Larry Fine
About New-Piano Pricing by Larry Fine
Sales Talk by Larry Fine

Buying a Used or Restored Piano by Larry Fine
Advice About Used Pianos for Parents of Young Beginning Piano Students by Sally Phillips
How to Sell or Donate Your Pianoby Steve Cohen and Piano Buyer staff
Donating, Converting, or Recycling Your Piano by Karen Lile
Taking a Tax Deduction When Donating a Piano by Larry Fine
Everything Old is New Againby Stuart Isacoff
Should I Have My Piano Rebuilt? by Sally Phillips
Three Approaches to Piano Restoration by Bill Shull, David G. Hughes, and Delwin D. Fandrich

The Uncompromising World of High-End Pianos by Sally Phillips
The Best Piano: A Story by Ori Bukai
Buying Pianos For an Institution by George Litterst
Piano Maintenance in Institutions by Chris Solliday
Piano Purgatory: The Donated Piano by Sally Phillips
Selecting a Performance Piano for Concert Hall or Home by Sally Phillips
Regulation & Voicing: What Buyers of Performance-Quality Pianos Should Know by Sally Phillips

Caring For Your Piano by Larry Fine
Piano Tuning: An Introduction by Sally Phillips
Voicing and Tone: What Piano Buyers and Owners Should Know by Sally Phillips
Cleaning and Polishing a Piano’s Finish by Dave Swartz
Benches, Lamps, Accessories, and Problem Solvers by Larry Fine
Ten Ways to Voice a Room by Christopher Storch
Moving the Family Piano by Russ Vitt

Buying a Digital Piano by Alden Skinner
My Other Piano is a Computer: An Introduction to Software Pianos by Alden Skinner
Hybrid Pianos by Alden Skinner and Larry Fine
Buying an Electronic Player-Piano System by Larry Fine


PLUS…  Descriptions of more than 80 models of acoustic, digital, and electronic player pianos.

Fine points out that The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer now replaces Piano Buyer magazine. However, published materials including articles, piano reviews, specs, prices etc., will continue to be free online at the website.

A spread from "The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer"

A double-page spread from “The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer”

In addition, a separate guide entitled Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement will continue to be published in print form twice a year. This contains comprehensive and up-to-date listings of acoustic and digital piano models with full specifications and prices… (more information)

The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer
Editor: Larry Fine
Publisher: Brookside Press LLC, P.O. Box 601041, San Diego, CA 92160 USA
ISBN: 978-1929145683
272 pages, 8 x 10 in., softback
Publication Date: November 2018 

This book can be ordered directly from the publishers.

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