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Piano sale offers deep discounts, benefits School of Music


April 18, 2012

The ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will hold a piano sale of quality upright and grand pianos currently on loan to ASU from AZ Piano, May 17-20.

At the end of each school year, on-loan pianos, as well as additional similar quality pianos, are sold at deep discounts to the general public, according to Rick Florence, School of Music senior piano technician. The proceeds of the sale are shared with the ASU School of Music to purchase new pianos. There will be between 70 and 80 upright and grand pianos on sale at an estimated  40 percent discount below the suggested manufacturers' retail price, Florence said. The pianos each carry a 10-year factory warranty, a matching bench and in-home delivery.

Jason Sipe, AZ Piano store owner and School of Music alumnus, ensures each year that the ASU School of Music's student practice rooms are equipped with quality pianos. The School of Music requires a 175 pianos.

“Without the generosity of Mr. Sipe, 30 percent of the practice rooms would be empty,” Florence said. “Participating in the piano sale is a great way to save money on a quality piano while supporting the School of Music.”

The four-day sale is May 17-20 in the ASU School of Music building at 50 E. Gammage Parkway on the ASU Tempe campus. ASU alumni, faculty, staff and students can make an appointment to view and purchase the sale items May 17-18. Book an appointment at 480-727-6770 beginning May 12.

The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., May 19 and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., May 20.