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Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: Bear 1] #1167279
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I've personally played a couple Essex grands and was very impressed. Solid action, very warm tone, and generally sounds bigger than it actually is. I was very impressed with the salespeople I spoke with, too, which does not happen to often. I've heard very favorable things about the iPod system but have not heard it.


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Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: choleric] #1437557
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i am also looking for my daughter that stopped playing and now wants to begin again. I am in the market as well for a grand......Rx-2 for about $8000...1996. ALso looking at a Yamaha DGH1 for $7000 and a Boston GP 157 for $7500 both year 2000. I saw some impressive KG-2C that preceded the RX-2 but I am afraid of the age factor being they were about 30 years old. Any thoughts on where I should go...I was leading towards the RX-2 my husband is not exactly happy with the satin ebony finish and now I'm not sure my daughter can handle the R-2 from reading above????Also we looked at a NEW Young Chang GP-157 for about $8300.

It seems because of the economy , you can get some great deals on new pianos, but my pockets are a little low



Can be so confusing.........
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Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: DeeDeeP] #1437574
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Instead of worrying about whether your daughter can handle a grand's action, just have her try it out and see. She is experienced and can form a preference quickly as you go piano shopping. I wish I had started on a grand sooner, because I still only have "upright" muscles.

Hailun seems to be a popular brand on this forum. Good value for the money. If you can find a larger Hailun than the RX-2 for about the same price, that would be nice. The RX-3 is pretty awesome, though, if you can find an older one that fits your budget.

Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: gnuboi] #1437723
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I was pushing on the 5'10" size but that is the largest I can go....Any thoughts on the other manufacturers???? My budget is $7000-tops $8000..

Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: DeeDeeP] #1437913
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An older (even 20 or 30 years) 5'10" might still be preferable to a newer 5'3" or 5'4". Look for Baldwin (M's and R's); keep looking for Kawai. Once in a while I see ads for Bechstein and Schimmel in your price and size range, too.

Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: gnuboi] #1439750
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Any info on a Schimmel May/Berlin??

Re: Steinway Essex baby grand -- Is it worth the m [Re: DeeDeeP] #1439786
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Try doing a search for May Berlin. It has been discussed here recently a few times.


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