Here is an example of American craftsmanship at its finest. Built in 1972, you wouldn't guess this Sohmer console is more than 10 or 12 years old.
First, the piano sounds terrific! From the minute you sit down at it, you realize this isn't your ordinary, run-of-the-mill instrument. The dynamic range of this piano is very broad, from soothing pianissimos to boisterous fortissimos.
It features lumber-core construction, which is much stronger than the fiberboard used in many pianos today. Other features include a Boston fallboard, solid legs (not the screw on type), a quarter-sawn hard rock maple pinblock, a sturdy duet bench, solid spruce soundboard, reinforced hammers, lots of detail in the woodwork.....excellent craftsmanship all the way around.
There aren't many manufacturers that build pianos of this caliber anymore but, when you find instruments like this, you can expect to pay between $7000 and $12,000 (or more).
Invest in this fine quality instrument and you can enjoy many, many years of good music.