Free pianos

I'm amazed at the number of free pianos being given away. Most are old, but some are in good nick. Whats the catch here?

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    they're a pain in the ass to move, and you probably need to get them tuned.

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    Where?

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    The cost of moving of them is often more the piano's value.

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    If you can get 6 strong mates and a ute you can get a good deal, but remember you will then have a piano to move next time you shift house.
    It will also require tuning after each move.
    All that said, if I was looking to buy a piano, I would do it this way.

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    And you can get electronic pianos that sound pretty good and are so much more convenient (not to be confused with cheap keyboards). I know a couple of "serious" pianists that have replaced pianos with keyboards at home

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    Just gotta be careful they're not full of spoons

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    The 'catch' relates to the frame. Most free pianos will be old, and have a wooden frame, meaning that the strings can no longer be tightened to true 'concert' pitch (because doing so would snap the frame). They are tuned a semi-tone lower, which creates problems anytime someone attempts to accompany the piano on a different instrument. It is also very disconcerting to play a detuned piano, if you are an accomplished pianist/have a good ear for pitch;it just sounds a bit wrong.