Piano upgrade + trade in

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Piano upgrade + trade in

Post by bartgovaert » 01 Feb 2013, 15:26

I know there are a fair amount of people from the trade here - please advise.

I few years ago we bought a Kawai K2 and we have been very happy with it ever since.

We are now considering to move to a place where noise could be an issue, so I am considering getting a silent piano. I think I'd go for a Kawai K3 Anytime (I believe the K5 AT are quite a bit more expensive).

Would you guys recommend that I trade in the K2 with the purchase of the K3 AT? The instrument is 5 years old (bought new), has been tuned several times per year and except for a near invisible few scratches in great shape. Or would you suggest a separate sale?

If any of you want to make me an offer I can't refuse, contact me at bartgovaert at gmail dot com by the way.

Thanks

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Re: Piano upgrade + trade in

Post by mdw » 01 Feb 2013, 20:44

Probably flog it first. My guess is the dealer will only be able to retail it for 2/3rd max of its new price even if its perfect. Hes got to move it twice, couple of tunes , bit of regulation, guarantee it and make a bit of profit so your probably looking at 1/2 its new value as PX at best.

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Post by Barrie Heaton » 01 Feb 2013, 21:11

You could retro fit a silent system into your Kawai K2

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Post by sussexpianos » 04 Feb 2013, 18:24

Yes, I agree with Barry, the cheaper option is to have a Pianodisc system fitted, around £1200-£1400. This would give you a silent piano and you wouldn't loose any money selling or trading in. The Kawai system fitted to K2 upwards is a better system but is very expensive.
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