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Harleyboy

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Apr 10th, 2011 09:13 PM        

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.<br /> Comes with a bench & piano board for moving. Asking price is $7500..<br /> <br /> 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        

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



Harleyboy

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Apr 10th, 2011 09:38 PM        

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



Riverside

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Apr 11th, 2011 09:32 AM        

Old pianos are not like vintage guitars. They wear out.<br /> <br />



Anna Crusis



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Apr 11th, 2011 09:38 AM        

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

"if it's been maintained"<br /> <br /> Key words.<br /> <br /> If it hasn't, it can be a nightmare to bring back a worn out piano. <br /> <br /> Good advice to have it checked out.



Harleyboy

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Apr 11th, 2011 10:18 AM        

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        

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?<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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        

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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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        

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.<br /> <br /> I'm just saying that an old, used piano can present problems not necessarily apparent.<br /> <br /> Get it checked out.



jbryan



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Apr 12th, 2011 07:22 AM        

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        

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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