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34 years old upright
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So, i got an offer on a 34 yrs old Belarus upright piano.
It's quite cheap, only 100€, and I'd like to know if you'd ever considder buying such a piano.
I haven't seen it in person, but the owner says it's very well preserved and that it was rarely played. It's last tuning was 2 years ago, and they said it needs to be tuned again, does that mean it loses it's tune too quickly?

As you probably guessed by now, I'm not much of an piano expertm in fact, I only own a digital Roland HP203, but I miss a real piano from time to time and I was wondering if this would do...

Thanks in advance!

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I don't know what other options you have, but the Belarus uprights are infamous for being among the very worst pianos ever made.
I'd recommend that you keep looking, and up your budget a bit.


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Originally Posted by Vid_w

As you probably guessed by now, I'm not much of an piano expertm in fact, I only own a digital Roland HP203, but I miss a real piano from time to time and I was wondering if this would do...


I gave up on digital piano like a Roland HP/Yamaha CLP and got an acoustic upright myself. However, you must realize that not all acoustic pianos are universally better than a digital. Your Roland HP203 is actually superior to a vast number of uprights out there. While you may not know it, the HP203 has spoiled you, and unless you are willing to spend at least as much as it cost to buy a brand new HP307 on an acoustic, it's unlikely you would be happy with one.

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Well, I'm not looking for something that would be top of the line. The only thing i really miss with the roland is that it's action doesn't feel that real. It's hard to describe what I'm trying to say. A real piano somehow feels more organic, if that makes sense...
So basically I'm looking for something with a nice action, nice sound and it would have to be pretty cheap, otherwise it's a no-go in these tough times...

Any suggestions?

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Relatively good quality and young acoustics usually cost in the few thousands in USD. A good deal could perhaps come from a friend or a friend of a friend.

As to the "more organic" feel... you could be referring to the sound production being real, sensitive, and causing (good) vibrations all over smile


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