- Colin Nicholson
- Executive Poster
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- Joined: 04 Jul 2010, 19:15
- Location: Morpeth, Northumberland
There's no such thing as "best quality for the least money".... you will have to put your hand in your pocket for best quality. For least money = least quality.... simple algebra, and remember,,,, "buy cheap -- buy TWICE" !! (and there's no such thing as a FREE or £50 piano worth anything at all, except as a piece of furniture)
Try about 3 different shops.... OR, if you see a piano on Ebay, make sure it is local - and contact a local piano tuner to check it over. I checked one over today (Bechstein Model 10 for £695) ,,,,,, usual wear & tear, plain front/ sconces missing but brackets on.... leathers etc worn, yellow ivories/ out of tune (sharp & damp).... probably worth about £300 ish.
Thats a bit of a leap from £800 to £100? .... for a half decent upright, you should aim around the £800 - £1000 to start with. Try and look at overstrung & under-damped/ full iron frame.... there's loads out there.
I have some more questions:
- how much would I expect to pay for delivery (I'm only assuming it's a couple of hundred) but if it was a few hundred miles, what would it roughly be?
- also, are the used pianos in a dealership in good condition and regulated and fully working?
I know that when one gets piano-buying fever, it's difficult not to rush into it with the desire to make a purchase as soon as possible.
You may want to take a deep breath, and reconsider what you really want, and what you really need. If you hold off for say another 12 months, it's possible that you will be able to afford a slightly more expensive (£1000+) piano, which assuming it's checked out by a tech should be a superior instrument.
As already stated a cheaper Ebay piano is very often a piece of furniture that makes some sounds, not a true musical instrument - although there are occasional exceptions. Piano forums abound with tales of remorse from piano purchasers!
Take your time and get some recommendations for a reliable dealer.
Private sales and ebay beckon disaster..
We occasionally get a super old straight strung, with full iron frame, concert pitch for a monkey*£500)
Any fool can make a piano-- it needs a tuner to put the music in it
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- Joined: 14 Jan 2011, 16:15
- Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
When I visited our local dealer the best bet was a Knight at £1750, far better value than all the others at higher and lower prices. I still preferred the upright I found on the internet for next to nothing but the monkey said it needed new castors, new music desk, some veneer repairs. polishing, hammers reshaping, action regulating, strings resetting, key dip changes, etc.
Good luck with your quest.