I am contemplating the purchase of a piano for my young daughter who just started. Her piano teacher advises me to buy an acoustic piano. Ideally my budget is c.£3,500.
What would be your advice between:
- a 10-year old Yamaha P121N UK made (serial number E3xxxxx) sold by a UK professional shop with a 5-year local warranty;
- a second hand U1 either in the late 80s/very early 90s sold by a UK professional shop with 5 year local warranty;
- a Yamaha certified reconditioned U1 in the mid 70s sold by an authorised Yamaha dealer with a Yamaha 5-year warranty?
Thank you in advance for your advice.
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A friend purchased a reconditioned Yamaha U3 about five years ago and has been very happy with it. The first two pianos you mention are not said to be reconditioned so I would try to gauge how much they have been used. Also has the third piano had any use since reconditioning ? You should consider commissioning a piano tuner technician to assess whatever you choose.
Is there a reason why your shortlist only contains Yamahas? Have you had an opportunity of looking at Kawai pianos?
What is your daughter using to practice on at the moment ? If possible take your time making a choice, there are always good Yamaha U1's available to purchase