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goffcritchley
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New piano advice

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Hi there
I am in the market for a new piano
My budget is around £50,000 but that is absolute top end, and ideally I'd spend a bit less unless it was magical
My preference is for some kind of Steinway, a B has always been the dream but I'm pretty sure it'd be a refurb at that level and I'm just not confident about buying a rebuild for both quality and long term value, especially given the cost. I would like to end up with something that won't need totally rebuilding again after 10 years (because it was done badly, etc)

Does anyone have any other brand considerations at this level, or what I should be looking for when buying a second hand piano in general??
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I recently had the pleasure of playing a friend's twenty year old Steinway B. He obtained it secondhand from a well known dealer in the last year but I would imagine it would have cost more than £50,000 although I do not know what price he paid. It is a gorgeous piano in every respect.

On the other hand I do not believe you need spend this amount for an excellent piano. The top quality German pianos, Bluthner, Beckstein, Grotian etc will be a similar price to Steinway. Suggest that you also look at the top of the range Yamaha and Kawai models.
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If you're looking for a reconditioned Steinway try Geoffrey shackles or Iain Gordon
Both do very nice reconditioned Steinways.

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Post by Withindale »

If you are still looking, you could talk to Piano Restorations, Roberts Pianos, Hurstwood Farm and perhaps spend a day in London playing pianos.

To state the obvious you best bet is to find a little used instrument from the brands like those Chris mentioned, one you find magical.

If you are dead set on a Steinway I'd follow Barrie's advice and, just in case, see if any are available privately that are worth a look.
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