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#1360488 01/28/10 09:55 PM
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Hello,

I am new to the forum. I am looking at a new Knabe WKV121 and a new Heintzman 132E. The pianobuyer.com site lists the Knabe at $9390 and the Heintzman at $9496. The dealer gave me prices of $7500 (Knabe) and $6300 (Heintzman). I am in Ontario Canada, so I am not sure if there is much price difference between the US and Canada or not.

Throughout the forum I have seen people mention discounts anywhere from 10% - 50%. Do these prices seem reasonable for these brands?

Does anyone have any experiences (good or bad) with these pianos?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.


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Don't just look at *price* but the long term service a local dealer can/will give you.

This is not a pitch for paying more than necessary, but reality.

Some manufacturers are starting to pull back on warranty coverage if pianos are sold outside dealer's territory.

I personally know of a case where a piano was bought out of country for a lower price, only to become an "insurance case" by the mover later.

Problem is there were three movers involved with - you guessed right - nobody to blame.

The piano has since become a total write off.

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The best information about the pianos you are looking at is at the website you mentioned.

Heintzman is no longer the great Canadian company that was comparable with Steinway at one time. The pianos are now made in China (not that there's anything wrong with that). Wm. Knabe is made in Korea or Indonesia , and some models in the US.

If I was to pick between the two, I would choose the Wm. Knabe. You might want to look at the Wm Knabe 131 too and expand your search to include Hailun and Perzina. Wm Knabe, Hailun, and Perzina are highly rated Asian made pianos that would be in a similar category to your original question.

If you have a higher budget, you should also look at Yamaha and Kawai.

Good luck.

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What about Kawai K-3, it is made in Japan, a price tag is at or a bit below $5,800 (before tax) in Southern Ontario and is definitely worth checking. It would be our choice if we were buying a new upright under $6.5K total.

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Ellen,

I believe you tried them both at RL. I tried both before and I like them, from my memory, the Knabe has better tone to my ears and the Heintzman has better action to my fingers. That being said, I tend to prefer the Knabe more.

Like WhiteBear said, you may try others like the Kawai K3 at below CAD5,800.


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Thanks everyone for the suggestions of the other models. I didn't know which ones would be comparable.

MusicBud, you were correct about RL. I read somewhere on the forum that they were a good dealer to buy from so I went there.

I will definately check out the other models mentioned.

Thank you.

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Hi Ellen:

Yes, RL is a good place to go. If you PM me, I will give you a list
of other dealers that are good. And no, I do not have something you
are interested in so I have nothing to sell you.

Good luck!

Steve


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