Baldwin 5′-2″ Baby Grand Piano.
In a warm satin lacquer finish with traditional mahogany finishing veneers, this is a stately musical instrument. The pianos’ structure is excellent and the piano had very little playing time for its age. It has lived in Albuquerque for several decades so it is happily acclimated to our arid climate. Per our policy, we always source our pianos locally. It would be a fine choice for a new or even an advanced player. The venerable Baldwin model M grand piano has been built for nearly a century and is one of the most popular grand pianos ever built. They feature an unusually strong bass response that literally growls and a clear singing treble and a pleasing tenor. The “walking bass line” employed by many jazz musicians was ideal for the Baldwin scale design. They are a sturdy piano and have been a favorite among piano teachers and institutional settings, where they hold up well and are considered to be low-maintenance. Structurally, they were built like a Sherman tank and you would find them in the practice rooms of nearly every university or conservatory of music.
This one was built in 1951, which may sound old, but this is a very good era for the Baldwin factory in Cincinnati. They had access to fine old-growth woods which were plentiful and inexpensive. Baldwin management took pride in their pianos and a lot of quality wood was left on the floor at the end of the day because it wasn’t quite good enough for its application in the piano. They liked to quarter-saw the wooden cuts for superior dimensional stability though it was more wasteful than other cuts. The factory was teeming with craftsmen, many of whom apprenticed there or and had a father who brought them in to learn the craft. 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $6950.
The Baldwin Piano Company was founded in 1863 and became the largest selling American manufacturer of pianos throughout its long and rich history. They began piano production in 1890 after having retailed the Steinway & Sons and Chickering piano lines. The Artist series has long been a favorite of concert artists in all genres of music. Most notable was Liberace who played exclusively on the Baldwin. Dave Brubeck, Earl Wild, John Williams (Star Wars soundtrack) Aaron Copland (Boston Pops Orchestra conductor), Marian McPartland and a long roster of concert pianists, composers and musicians endorsed them. The Audio Engineer Society published a study and ranked the Baldwin as having the best tonal quality of the five manufacturers, including Steinway that they reviewed.