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(See sidebar for some of the names from this period to be avoided.) — Korean pianos made before the early 1990s, and Chinese pianos from before the early 2000s, often exhibit unpredictable, idiosyncratic problems.
Quality control was erratic, and wood was often not properly seasoned, resulting in sticking keys and binding cabinet parts. Especially problematic were the small console pianos without legs (continental furniture style).
Students don’t have enough experience to distinguish between a bad piano and their own lack of ability.
When a piano’s action can’t be regulated to the correct touch, or its strings tuned to a harmonious sound, the student, unable to duplicate what was taught in a lesson, will become frustrated and discouraged, and will lose interest.
— During this period, American companies started feeling the competition from Japanese (and, later, Korean) makers who could undercut their prices.Many of these, and other names not listed, were “stencil pianos” — essentially identical instruments with different names applied to them, to meet dealers’ needs.Note that this list applies to the use of these names only during the mid to late 1900s.And when you include other factors — the costs of moving, tuning, and repairs; an older piano’s shorter remaining life; lack of warranty protection; the need to hire experts to make repeated trips to evaluate the conditions of various older pianos — a new or more recently made instrument may start to look like a bargain in the long run.For these reasons, I would encourage the financially able family to look at good-quality new pianos, or better used pianos no more than 15 years old.