With this in mind I've been setting my sights on a not-too-old second hand console like the Kawai K15 (at around 2-2.5k). However, I'm always a little torn when I see older studios (around 30 years) for around the same price. In terms of reliability and resalability (later down the line if I ever need to), is it a smarter choice to stick with a smaller, newer model? (I'm pretty sure that this question is a Pandora's box).
From reading around I've read that it's good to get an independent piano tech out to evaluate a piano before I sign the dotted line. How much should I expect to pay for this service? Is this still required if I go through a music store or is this more for private sales? How do I know that a piano tech is actually reputable themselves?! I don't suppose anyone has any recommendations for the Manchester area.
Thanks in advance for the help.