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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Tell me about Baby Grand Pianos

Harleyboy
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Apr 10th, 2011 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am looking at a 1982 Yamaha Baby Grand. Excellent shape, the Ebony Paint shines and has only a couple ding marks. Sound is good, needs a tuning but keys and pedals work like they should.
Comes with a bench & piano board for moving. Asking price is $7500..

I can afford it, but that's still a bunch of money. I could use some advice..

CVH
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Apr 10th, 2011 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How about a Yamaha C1 & $4k in the bank?

Harleyboy
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Apr 10th, 2011 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Educate me..I'm pretty green at this piano stuff. Wife & granddaughter are the players but they know nothing about the equipment.

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Apr 11th, 2011 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Old pianos are not like vintage guitars. They wear out.



Anna Crusis

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Apr 11th, 2011 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

29 years old is young for a piano if it's been maintained. My Mason & Hamlin is 85 years old and doing just fine.

"Baby Grand" covers a lot of territory. I personally don't believe that grands under 5 feet are worth owning, the strings are shorter than a full size upright.

For the kind of money you're talking about, it's worth hiring a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) to inspect and evaluate the instrument.

Riverside
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Apr 11th, 2011 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"if it's been maintained"

Key words.

If it hasn't, it can be a nightmare to bring back a worn out piano.

Good advice to have it checked out.

Harleyboy
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Apr 11th, 2011 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The local piano tech is going to check it out on Sunday. Is there anything I should specifically ask him to look at or for?

Riverside
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Apr 11th, 2011 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anna can be more specific than I, but I'd like to know the history - was this a practice piece at a school? Did it sit in someone's living room and never get played?

There's a ton of info online about Yamaha pianos that are kind-of grey-market pieces imported from Japan after having been beat to death. Do a little research on line.

I suppose the best question to ask the tech is whether or not they would buy it at that price.

jbryan

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Apr 11th, 2011 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have him look at the soundboard. Depending where you live you may want to have a humidifier installed underneath it for the winter months. The action on the keys can wear if has been played alot.

I will disagree with Riverside- guitars wear out too (frets, electronics??). Both instruments, if maintained can last forever. I have a 1911 Steinway Model 'O' (like a Baby Grand) adn that makes the old girl 100 years old! Still plays great! Been in the family since new too. I had the assembly that holds all the keys in place overhauled a couple years ago.

Yamaha's are good pianos. I don't know the book price of that model/year. Check it out and see if it is priced fair. With an older Piano, it's best to buy a name brand instead of a no-name piano. At least when it needs repairs and maintenance you'll feel better spending the money!

Riverside
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Apr 11th, 2011 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never meant to imply that there are no good old pianos - anymore than I meant to imply that an old guitar is somehow good.

I'm just saying that an old, used piano can present problems not necessarily apparent.

Get it checked out.

jbryan

US

Apr 12th, 2011 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My only other thought is this- the Yamaha Baby Grand may check out to be flawless. But, it's a lot of money to spend if you don't think anyone will be playing it in a few years. Maybe pick up a less expensive Grand or even a console or spinet and see if they keep the interest up. Just a thought. Not implying buying a POS or beaters you see on CL for like $600 or even "free"...just trying to be fiscally responsible with your money LOL!!

Harleyboy
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Apr 12th, 2011 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the input. I think we have decided to pass on this piano for now. We have asked for a copy of the inspection report and may reconsider after that but don't expect to.

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