Pittsburgh Opera plans weekend piano sale

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Do you have a budding piano student in the house? Looking for a bargain on a quality piano?

As it does every year, Pittsburgh Opera this weekend will be selling nearly 100 new and used quality pianos to the public.

Some of these are Kawai pianos used by the opera for rehearsals, coaching and performances that had been loaned to the organization. New or used Steinway, Baldwin and other quality brands also will be sold at significant discounts from their retail prices.

"The funds go back to the manufacturers. It perpetuates the future of the loan," said Thomas Solich, owner of Solich Piano, a company in Boardman, Ohio, that serves as the liaison between the opera and manufacturers on the sale. He's also a concert pianist.

The pianos are priced between $1,000 to $50,000, he said. "There's a big range; they're tuned; they have warranties. They're ready to go."

Interested customers are encouraged to make an appointment for Friday or Saturday to inspect and purchase a piano at the opera's headquarters at 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Call 1-866-765-4240 for the appointment.

Any pianos remaining will be sold during a public sale from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the opera headquarters.

Mr. Solich noted that the sale benefits buyers, the opera and the piano makers, as well as the community. "It's a win-win-win for everybody," he said.


Pohla Smith: psmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1228.


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