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Therasa
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Best piano

Post by Therasa » 08 Jun 2017, 19:00

Hi, I'm looking to upgrade from a Yamaha digital to an acoustic.

There are the ones I am looking at at the mo
A Bently Upright serial number 1307591 £2.000
A Zimmerman Upright serial number 413662 £1.000
A Weber WDE 410, no. TOO117500 £800

Could you wonderful people please advise which if they are good pianos

If not what brands would be a good buy? With a budget up to £1.500 Im after the best secondhand forever piano I can buy, either a modern or compact upright, 3 pedals and ideally with black polyester finish.

Many thanks in advance

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Re: Best piano

Post by NewAge » 12 Jun 2017, 22:15

I think many specialists would say, don't buy a piano by name only. If it sounds good, and the keys feel good to you (or the intended player) that is often equally important as the maker's name.
From the names you give, I'd want to know the date of each, which was in tune, and which has been regularly maintained.
See if you can find a well maintained Yamaha, Kawai, or Welmar, which generally have a better reputation than those you list. I fear however that you will have to increase your budget to get a better quality piano.
Allways get a potential purchase checked out by a recommended tuner/technician. There are 1000's of remorseful buyers out there (especially over the internet) who have not followed that advise.
I was playing the piano in a zoo, when the elephant burst into tears. I said, "Don't you recognize the tune?" He replied, "No, I recognize the ivories!"

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Post by RWAS » 17 Jun 2017, 21:50

Yes, I agree that increasing your budget a little may enable you to get a better quality used piano with more life in it. In the second hand market, a Japanese Kawai or Yamaha piano would suit probably best suit your needs although I would certainly include along with Welmar, a Knight or a John Broadwood piano.
The advantage of Kawai and Yamaha is that they are newer on the UK market and both brands have ease of servicing and the availability of spare parts. They also more often have the ebony gloss finish you prefer.
Any second hand piano that you consider purchasing, especially privately, should be assessed by an independent technician.
Choosing a piano, apart from the budgetary considerations, is a matter of personal choice. Choose the piano you like and as it is. Do not buy a used piano thinking that it will improve with playing or age.
All pianos deteriorate as they age.

Best of luck!
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Re: Best piano

Post by adibitar69 » 10 Jul 2017, 11:44

Yes, Yamaha piano is probably best suit your needs although I would certainly include along with Welmar, a Knight or a John Broadwood piano.

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Re: Best piano

Post by Therasa » 13 Jul 2017, 22:25

In my price range I have seen three uprights with ebonied finishes

They are a U1 Yamaha, and a U3

A Petrof (serial number 603 170 )

A Kawai C2 1H


I would like a warm tone as I prefer classical romantic period music but the pianos are all a distance from where I live so not able to try them all out to compare.

Any general thoughts on the likely tone of these piano's ?

Thank you for your time

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