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Boston UP118S
#149980 03/16/08 03:05 PM
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I'm looking into a Boston upright 118s
for my kid. I was wondering if I could get any
info about make and year, etc, from serial number;
UP-118S
B161352

Many Thanks,
lubb

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I ca't tell you the exact year, but it's later than 2004 and may well be 2007.

The Boston is made in Japan by Kawai for Steinway & Sons. It's based on a Kawai model of the same size.

Many things about the two are similar. A few are not. The most important differences are action and price. Kawai uses its own proprietary Millenium 3 action on its equivalent model. It's made of carbon fiber. In the Boston version they build for Yamaha they install a traditional wood-based action.

In terms of price, the Boston 118 is usually priced considerably higher than the similar Kawai model.

Is the Boston worth the premium price? You be the judge. Some people say yes. Most say no.


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#149982 03/16/08 06:10 PM
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Turandot,

Well said.

One thing to add - there are gobs of choices in this price range. If you have not already done this, read the 2008 addendum to The Piano Book and find what good options there are in the same (or higher) quality range as the Boston.

You may surprise yourself and save a few bucks in the bargain.

Keep us posted,


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This is likely the "school" model, hence the "S" after the 118. These were made in the US and are now made in Indonesia by Kawai. Watch out for loose tuning pins, regardless of country of origin.

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They are a great work horse piano. MarkS is right. It's probably a school piano. We have sold 50 plus to schools through out TN for practice room use. We have had little to no complaints about them. We've had some with all the hard playing that the sustain pedal disengages and needs to be tightened. They also have little pins where the music desk rests up against that fall out on occasion with it being opened and closed for tunings. As long as they are kept up, they will play for a long time. You do pay more for them. But they last and when you trade them in you will get what you pay for it applied to your next purchase of a Steinway or Steinway designed piano. yes they are made over seas now, but each one is inspected by a Steinway executive as they roll off the line (yes, people from NYC have relocated to Asia oversee Boston and Essex manufacturing).


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We've had problems with loose tuning pins. Have them checked by a technician.

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I echo that. Our technician checks those as he goes to the schools to tune.


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"But they last and when you trade them in you will get what you pay for it applied to your next purchase of a Steinway or Steinway designed piano."

But you will pay full retail for whatever else you buy. And don't believe the timeworn nonsense that Steinway dealers don't discount, they do. On Steinways, Bostons (apparently designed by Kawai personnel in reality) and Essex (who knows who actually designed them?). So the trade in may not have the value to think it does.


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