Having grown up in the British piano trade, I have since been living in the US for 6 years, and have slightly disconnected, however, seeing this piano revived my memories of the British piano trade. The kind of pianos readily available in the UK, are much better than those readily available in the US. This piano proves this.
Roberts Pianos UK states that Challen is an average piano, slightly inferior to a Yamaha upright from Japan, yet this is much better tone wise and touch wise than its common American relatives, the Wurlitzer, Baldwin type pianos.
Several strings broke whilst tuning, I put this down to the amount of time since last tuning (c.30 years).
Interesting pedal design, which is not very common in the trade. You can remove the action without the need for reconnecting the pianos pedals.
Sloping keys is usually a sign of compact design, which would match the thinner width of the piano. Which has less keys than standard.
Keys have yellowed with age, which would devalue the instrument for sale, however the owner wishes to keep the piano for generations, as it was her grandmother’s. She had a piano school near London as a single mother. She was able to teach and bring up her children. And always taught my client to read, as it enabled a better living. The client has been very successful.
I would purchase this piano in a heartbeat if it were for sale at the right price. I expect they sell for a small sum compared to their Asian counterparts. This is a much better piano compared to a cheap Chinese upright piano with lacking tone.
These are my views are no substitute for a condition, and tone report from a well versed local piano tuner.
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