New & Used Piano Sales
Northside Music has over 650 new and used keyboard instruments in stock. These instruments are offered for sale or rent, with name brands such as: Kawai, Laughead, Wurlitzer, Kimball, Young Chang, Story & Clark, Yamaha, Baldwin, Charles Walter, and Steinway. Actually, with this number of pianos, we have lots of brands you've never heard of! We have a piano to fit your tastes and our certified service technicians will work with you to get the instrument you need and can use. Please call us, we LOVE to talk pianos. Unfortunately, with many of our manufacturers, we aren't allowed to list prices online, and some even over the phone. Give us a call and we'll explain, and help you out with your questions.
We always say that, "happy homes have pianos." If you are unsure of whether or not you want to commit to buying a piano or other keyboard instrument, renting could be a great option for you.
Northside Music not only sells and repairs pianos, we also do rentals! We rent pianos starting at very low and reasonable monthly rates. Not only can you pay month-by-month, but these payments also cover any general maintenance. There is a separate moving fee for the delivery of your rental. We understand that you may not know exactly what kind of instrument you are looking to rent. The great thing about our employees coming from musical backgrounds and training is that if you call or come in and explain in general what you’re interested in, we will help you pick out a rental instrument. There is plenty of variety in rental options so you will never feel limited. Please feel free to contact us for more details or just stop in and see us!
Moving & Tuning
Northside Music has the experience and expertise to move your piano with the care that it deserves. Our certified moving specialists will baby your precious instrument for you. We can move an instrument across the room, around the house, down the block, or across the country. We have trucks specially modified to move pianos without damaging them.
Our piano tuners have a unique skill that not many can boast. Because Northside Music has a history of building pianos from start to finish, our tuners have acquired a finesse that is not common in conventionally trained tuners. Our employees know the ins and outs of pianos and have seen them built from scratch. Our piano tuners are trained in a shop that is building piano frames and chip tuning in production. You do not have to be a certified professional to tune pianos, but at Northside Music, our experience with restoration makes it easy to be certified.
A major part of Northside's business is in the restoration of fine pianos made during the 1920s. There is a two-year waiting list for this work. During restoration, the piano is torn down to the wood cabinet. The cabinet is carefully stripped. The strings are often sent to New York where an identical new set is custom made. The action is redone, all leather and wool parts are replaced, and new hammers are installed. The iron casting is taken out, sanded and guilded. Finally after everything has been redone or replaced, the piano is reassembled.
After reassembly, each restored piano goes through several quality checks, including eight to ten tunings. "Northside Music restores most pianos so they will be good for another 50 to 60 years of hard use." Mills says.