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(1) Kawai - model KG1B, 5ft, made in 1985, one owner who did not play much (according to the dealer), roller action, 1 year guarantee.
(2) Ibach - 6ft, made in about 1920 but fully reconditioned, with Renner action fitted. The dealer offers installation tuning service and 5 years guarantee.
I am going to go and try both of them, however before I do so (both are far away from where I live :(), I would be interested in specialists' opinions/experience with regard to the choice.
Will be grateful for any advice offered.
- Silverwood Pianos
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However, it depends what "fully reconditioned" means. It is a loose term that could be anything from a complete rebuild to a clean up to make the piano look presentable. You need to check exactly what was replaced eg strings, hammers, pinblock etc and most of all you need to try the piano and have it checked independently to make sure that there are no defects.
Kawai grands can be delightful pianos. However, a 1985 model is getting past its best years and may also require repairs and replacement parts..
So much depends on how the piano has been maintained, housed and the amount of playing it has had.