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#1397283 03/16/10 08:33 PM
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Hi everyone. I am new to PW and though I have lurked about for a little while this is my first post.

Been looking around Chicago area for pianos a lot lately and I think I have been to nearly every dealer in metro area. Have narrowed things down considerably: I have found 2 dealers I like, Kurt Saphir and Pickle Piano. I have found two makers of new vertical pianos I really like in my price range as well; Charles Walter and Hoffman. I was intrigued by a Perzina as well as a new Knabe, but these are probably second cut.

My concern is this: despite having found some fine vertical pianos I like I fear that I will regret not buying a grand piano and the wonderful touch and action afforded by it. Despite the fact that a decent grand will cost more than these pianos I have found and the fact that space is a concern in our smaller house I still worry that I will wish I had a grand. Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated.

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You are screwed!

If you get an upright, every time you sit down to it, you'll be thinking "I should have bought a grand".

Once a serious consideration, nothing else will do!!!

Look for a decent used grand. There are plently around.


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Thanks Steve. Screwed is a harsh word: I wish all my problems were this good. Still, I hate hearing it. LOL

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The words may be harsh, but they are so true. Good luck in your search for a nice used grand.


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I'm afraid Steve is probably right. I think it's important to only buy a piano that you love, if possible. Even though I'm famous for indecision and buyer's regret, once I found the one I love, I've never once regretted buying it. In today's market you hopefully should be able to find a used grand in good condition. Good luck, and keep us posted. I've been to Pickle Piano, and it's my favorite store in Chicagoland.


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Dan, I feel for you. But I am probably one of many who started with an upright and very shortly thereafter could not forget the experience of a grand and managed to find a spot to squeeze a small grand into a fairly small room. This was many years ago, and fortunately, I didn't lose a lot in the switch because I bought the upright from Kurt Saphir and at the time they had an upgrade policy which gave me a full credit when I traded it for the grand.

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I own a great upright myself and have no regrets. This is not a cut and dry issue as some here assume.

In today's market there are some excellent options for uprights but you need to widen your choice.

A good grand will not only cost you more can can be more 'fatal' if not chosen wisely. Take your time and check out the different options available to you.

Let us know what you come across - always here to help...

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What about a Yamaha Avant Grand? This is a digital piano with an acoustic action inside, Both the grand and upright model have a grand piano action inside and use the sample of a concert grand. Worth a consideration if you want a grand sound and feel in a small package. Downside - It's digital, although to some the fact that it never goes out of tune overrides that issue.

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Digital is a big downside. It will never take the place of an acoustic piano. Charles Walters are great pianos. Try the Perzinas they are wonderful as well. See which you like better. A grand piano is like nothing else but pay attention to what Norbert says and take your time to check out the different options and costs and choose wisly if that is the direction you choose to take. Good luck.

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If buying new, keep in mind what plumpfinger said about upgrade policy. There are many dealers that do this... let you upgrade and give you full credit for what you have into the previous piano. That way, when the feeling and resources allow... then get the one you have always been looking for. Just a thought.

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Thank you so much everyone for all the thoughtful replies. I still have plenty of time before purchase so I plan on making the rounds again to revisit some of the grand pianos that I more or less ignored when looking before. I will consider all of the aforementioned opinions for sure. Since a quality piano with touch and sound I love is very important to me I feel like I could buy a Walter today and not regret the decision. But even the finest verticals I have tried can hardly compare with the touch, feel and sound of even some "inexpensive" (lol) grands I have tried.

About my space considerations: I have three places the new piano will go. (1) Least desirable would be the unfinished basement I currently have the digital piano in. There's space, its dry but not too dry and temperature is constant throughout the year. (2) My wife is on board with using the back out of the way quarter of our large kitchen area provided it's a vertical we find. There's plenty of space for a 5.5 grand for sure, but it would definately be a dominating presence. (3) The office- already crowded and acoustically dry, this small room is only large enough for a vertical piano.

In short- I COULD put a grand piano somewhere, but again- is it the right thing for us right now?

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Maybe get a template from a local dealer and see what happens when you intall it in the room in which a grand would be placed. If the template doesn't include an outline for a bench, it'd be a good idea to factor that in somehow.





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