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I'm really after more information about piano re-conditioning. The majority of used Yamaha's in the UK are Japanese imports and therefore will likely have undergone a service/recondition of some kind. What sort of things should I be looking for in a good piano? Are there any tell tale signs of a bad piano? What questions should I be asking to ensure that the relevant work has been carried out?
I recently had the opportunity to visit a workshop of a piano seller and witnessed the level of work which went in to the pianos sold there. The action of the keyboard had been removed, all loop chords were replaced, hammers were re-voiced, keyboard re-leveled, all case work had been re-polished and re-painted if required, all keys removed and re-painted if required, soundboard checked for cracks/damage, strings replaced if required (usually bass strings) and generally cleaned throughout. Does this sound like the full service that you would expect from a good piano re-conditioner or are there other things that should be checked too?
Also aren't keys supposed to be re-done with the ivorite key tops if they require re-finishing?
I live in Sheffield, I have £3k to £4k to spend on a piano. Can anyone recommend anyone to buy from in the area? There are pianos in a couple of high street retailers I am looking at but it's difficult to trust anyone to sell me something worth while. I love the Yamaha U1 I just don't want to spend money on one that is badly re-conditioned. Help!
I suggest you buy a new piano then. Grey market Yams vary so much and its so easy to make a pile of junk look like a new piano externaly that unless you know what youare looking for you could well get stiched up.Lexusuk wrote: I love the Yamaha U1 I just don't want to spend money on one that is badly re-conditioned.
In regards to painting(or repairing casework), polyester is licenced so not many people can spray the stuff, some repairs can be done with 2pk black spray which when cut back and burnished, looks good but not as good as the original polyester.
I would look at new Perzina pianos or Irlmer if unsure about secondhand. Kawai pianos are very good but the prices are near Yamaha so if your looking for a 121 size secondhand then either try and get a young imported Yamaha U1 or new Perzina 121( which I was told is a very good copy!)
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I think I am going to go with the YUS1 at the higher cost. It's the only one I have tried that sounded and felt 'right'. I found small issues with all of the others i played (uneven tone, heavy/sluggish action, badly grooved hammers, yellowing of the keys, bad casework.....the list goes on). I think within a few minutes of playing you can tell if a piano is poor or not, sadly most of them are in the poor/medium category. I've exhausted Manchester, Derby and Leeds now playing every U1 i could find. Just need to get a day off work to get through to Manc to complete now!