My Christmas present has just arrived, a Bentley upright piano from circa 1990.
Now I know pianos have to settle and be retuned and stuff, but to me it sounds nothing like it did in the shop, there is a hum or buzzing sound which sustains for quite some time after playing a few notes which drives my ear mad, and the sound is much less "bright" than it was when I tried it in the shop.
I'm so worried I've made a mistake, I haven't played much in years and was really excited about learning again but I don't know much about pianos themselves. I just knew that I liked a bright but not Yamaha-bright sound, and thought I'd found the perfect one for me. Now I'm a little concerned...
Someone tell me this is normal and the tuner will fix it when it's settled! Or alternatively does anyone know how I can fix it? Or if I've bought a duff piano? (Please noooo!)
Hi, thanks for replying, bought from very reputable dealer so not so worried there, and they are sending the tuner out in 6-12 weeks when it has settled as part of the service. Just worried that I have bought something I shouldn't! Not necessarily that it is "broken", just maybe not the sound I hoped!
The buzzing is every note, more so when a run of notes are played, so I have considered other furniture, but have tried putting a hand on various things (window, cabinet etc) to dull the buzzing and nothing seems to have an effect. Will try prowling around though! Pedals are good though (well, the 2 of the 3 that work!)