Its been awhile since I last posted, but I'm still looking to get a small Grand Piano (<6ft) and I have read some good reviews/reports about Estonia pianos (mainly US based).
I understand that I would have to import from factory however the prices are reasonable ex-works and I wondered whether to make a trip over to see for myself.
I have also looked at a Schimmel C169 (new) and I really liked this piano but not the price tag
Considering that the Schimmel is almost double the price would it warrant the extra over the Estonia Model 168?
*Please no suggestions for Japanese/Korean pianos*
Other makes to look at in the Schimmel price range and above are:
Ed. Seiler, Sauter, Ibach Sohn and Irmler by Bluthners
Also, you have Broadwood and Cavendish made in the UK more in you Estonia pricer rage
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I almost changed it for a new 190, but bought a Bluthner 6 instead. It proved to be no better than the equivalent Estonia.
They were already much improved by the Laul family by 2001. A new one now is improved again by an order of magnitude. I do not think there is another piano to touch them at twice the price.
If you buy used make sure you by one with the Laul name on it. This will be recent enough to have most of the design improvements and the vastly improved build quality.