Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

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Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

Post by ity10 » 01 Nov 2011, 17:22

I am currently considering buying a used baby grand piano. After careful consideration and long research, I have found two pianos which appear to fit the bill (colour, condition, size, price):

(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.

Many thanks

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Re: Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

Post by D.J.Smith » 02 Nov 2011, 10:01

The Kawai is very short. the Ibach would be a better musical instrument IF it is in good condition. It all depends on what was done to 'recondition' it, and how well that work was done.

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Re: Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

Post by Silverwood Pianos » 04 Nov 2011, 23:15

Interesting to note the instrument that is sixty-five years younger has 80% less warranty coverage. You might ask why this is so.
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Re: Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

Post by RWAS » 03 Dec 2011, 20:23

Instinctively, I would go for the Ibach as it is a longer piano and 1920 was part of the "Golden Age" of German piano manufacture.
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.

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Re: Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

Post by joseph » 08 Dec 2011, 11:35

I would broaden my search.

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