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Info on Ridgewood baby grand #220092
07/28/08 03:16 PM
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Hello...I'm considering purchasing a Ridgewood 5' baby grand. It is 7-8 years old and looks nice, but not sure of it's reputation. I have read some of the old posts on this site about Ridgewood. Some say it's nothing but a piece of furniture, others say it is an entry level Young Chang, which seems fine for our intended use. We are leisure players and hope for our children to take lessons at some point in the future. It will not be played everyday and when it is played, it will be by novices. Anyone have any advice? Thanks!

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Re: Info on Ridgewood baby grand #220093
07/28/08 03:20 PM
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My advice is that you look at your budget and buy the very best piano that your budget will tolerate. This could save you a bundle down the road if your kids become at all interested in studying piano, as it might be necessary at that point to look at a better one if this one falls short. From what I've been reading and hearing, "entry level Young Chang" is a far cry from praising the piano to the skies.


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Re: Info on Ridgewood baby grand #220094
07/28/08 03:41 PM
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I see your point and appreciate your expertise. I guess what I'm looking for is if anyone has a Ridgewood piano that they could tell me their experience with it. Honestly, when we decided to buy a piano, we felt an entry level type thing is what would suit us. I can technically afford a much more expensive piano, but can't justify spending so much on something that will get such little use. I guess I just want to make sure that it is reliable under moderate, completely non professional use. Thanks...

Re: Info on Ridgewood baby grand #220095
07/28/08 03:44 PM
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Oh, I have no expertise, just a little teeny experience. But I don't know this kind of piano at all. Never even heard of it, but that means nothing. I've only heard of the ones most people have!


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Re: Info on Ridgewood baby grand #220096
07/28/08 04:04 PM
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Thanks... I appreciate all your efforts!

Re: Info on Ridgewood baby grand #220097
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mommy, if you are serious about purchasing the Ridgewood, have an independent piano technician give you an evaluation of its condition and what work it needs. Have you played anything else in the same price range? You may be surprised to find something else that plays, sounds, and looks nicer to you.

Re: Info on Ridgewood baby grand [Re: guest1013] #1427442
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I personally own a Ridgewood 4'10'' baby grand. I bought it 10 years ago and teach and play on it. For the last 9 years I was very dissatisfied with my piano to the point that I despised it. This was due largely in part to being uneducated about pianos. The piano itself is great but the dealer gave me a new piano with an entire register of bad strings which they refused to replace. I assumed that any piano manufacturer that makes a brand new piano and already has bad strings must be unreputable. Whether or not this is true is another matter. Long story short, I had that corrected for the most part when I first got the piano, but have had other things about the sound and touch I didn't like, but was unaware that a technician could correct these to my liking (I didn't even know technicians existed). My tuner IS a technician but NEVER offered this knowledge to me. I have since changed to a tuner/technician who is much more capable and have a piano I now love. However, if I had to do this all over again, I am not certain I would buy this piano. It is not a Steinway, that's for darn sure. I do think I got a remarkable deal as the place that ripped me off sold it at cost (so they said, another lie?) for $4,999. As a soon-to-be graduating music major who was about to become a broke musician, this was a good deal. I will keep the piano until I die for sentimental reasons. I would encourage anyone who can afford a better piano not to hesitate to take something a step up.


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