Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
For over 50 years, Jim's Pianos owner, James R. Sims, is adding 88 keys at a time to homes, schools, houses of worship, and more all across Southern Georgia and Florida's Big Bend area. In addition to piano sales, he maintains customers' investments with tunings and heirloom restorations. To keep pianists as invested in their instruments as Jim is, store manager, GinaMarie Senters, has put together a "scavenger hunt" of factors to really get to know the character and worth behind individual piano models.
First, call attention to the variables that define the value of a piano. Age, brand, finish, and design style understandably play a substantial role in finding the value, but patrons of the arts should also consider the height if they have an upright or the case length (from the front of the keys to the back of the bell curve) if they have a grand. After finding a piano's serial number, owners can call Jim's Pianos to investigate the year of manufacture. For uprights, owners should look under the lid between the tuning pins. Grands should display the serial number under the music rack, between the tuning pins.
To further appraise an individual piano, GinaMarie encourages owners to get hands-on in their sleuthing. Counting the number of white keys and black keys present on the piano is a quick start, but he also draws attention to how many pedals a piano features. Grands often display three pedals, including a middle "sostenuto" lever. Usually, this middle pedal will sustain only the note being currently played, with no effect on future keys. Other models may omit the middle pedal, or mechanize it to function as a muting component.
Jim Sims implores piano patrons to consider a piano tuner with the same principles they use when searching for an auto mechanic or hairstylist: someone you trust and like. As a piano tuner himself, Sims advises that patrons should have a piano tuned by a professional at least once a year, preferably at the same time each year. He also recommends looking into homeowners and renters' insurance policies to protect musical investments from theft or elemental damage. While most policies will cover instruments, Sims recommends double-checking coverage. Jim's Pianos often appraises pianos for insurance purposes. Sims offers free appraisals for piano sale customers and tuning clientele.
About the company:
At Jim's Pianos, they achieve a high level of customer satisfaction by upholding the principle that no service is final until the customer is completely happy. Owner, James R. Sims, has built his business based on a philosophy of exceptional service and fair prices. Jim Sims has been serving Southern Georgia and the Big Bend Areas of Florida for more than 50 years. His expertise ranges from sales, to personal in-home tunings, and complete restoration of musical heirlooms. Manager, GinaMarie Senters, is a Tallahassee native with a Bachelors Degree and experience in Music Education and Music Ministry. She has a passion to see schools, homes, and houses of worship equipped with the best pianos possible. She works to provide professional and knowledgeable services which put Jim's Piano Customers first! For more information visit their website at http://www.jimspianos.com.