Baldwin Used Pianos: Toronto & Area
Pros: Good performance for the money if properly rebuilt
Cons: The years of manufacture are critical to know, because of the near constant turbulence and restructuring that occurred from the late 1980’s onwards.
Description: Satin black and wood finishes, varying in styles. Sizes range from 5’3″ – 9′, with prices between $10,000 – 25,000
Preferred Years: 1950’s – early 1980’s, 2003 – 2007
Baldwin has, over the last several decades, been amongst the more mysterious used pianos Toronto offers up. It’s floated between one of the most dominant brands in the industry, to teetering on complete oblivion. Several management changes, a bankruptcy, and a major restructuring, has left the marketplace generally unsure of the direction of the company, or the exact origin of the pianos. That said, Baldwin pianos built in the US during the 1970’s and early 1980’s are considered quite good, with a brief resurgence in quality in the early to mid 2000’s from their Truman, Arkansas facility. The most popular Baldwin grand models are the R and L (5’8″ and 6’2″), with occasional SF10 and SD10 (7′ and 9′) pianos surfacing. The majority are not old enough to require full rebuilding, and a well-cared for Baldwin could very well provide a great instrument. The price range for these tend to be in the $10,000 – 20,000 range, depending on size and quality.