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Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano #1563965
11/25/10 11:25 AM
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I am in the process of buying a Yamaha Mia P-E for my two daughters, 10 and 12 years old. After searching online for quite a long time, I have not found any pertinent information about this piano. The serial number is 2524812. It was manufactured in 1979. The asking price is $900. It is in excellent shape and plays beautifully. A concern I have is that the tuning pins are somewhat rusted even though the piano is in excellent condition. My question is, is this a good piano and is it worth the asking price? Any advice or comments would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Re: Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano [Re: Piscadero] #1563977
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Nobody can give any quality answers to that question without first seeing the piano. All any one of us here can do, is guess. That's like asking someone if a car is worth X amount of $$$ online but, it has rusty xxxx but, it is in excellent condition.... Price is not everything. In many cases, what appears to be a bargain is in fact not.

I've learned over the years that most often, when people tell me they have tuned the piano yearly and taken excellent care of the piano, what this actually means, is that they have dusted and polished it but it has not been tuned in eons because it just sat there....

You really need to hire a qualified Piano Technician to look at it for you.

I can tell you this much. A red flag goes up immediately to me, whenever someone tells me that a piano is in "excellent condition." Especially when in the next sentence, it is mentioned that the piano has rusty tuning pins. That tells me it is likely, the strings or something else, might also be rusty or corroded too. Other things might also need attention.

The piano is 31 years old according to what you stated. I did not look up the serial number. That means, unless another technician has filed the hammers or done some regulation work, the piano likely be needing that sort of work done on it.


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Re: Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano [Re: Jerry Groot RPT] #1564016
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I looked inside the piano and the strings looked fine. Only the tuning pins are somewhat rusted. The funny things is the piano sounds terrific and the outside looks brand new. I will meet with the owner tomorrow. The timing is not that great because of Thanksgiving and I think it will be difficult to get a technician to go with me. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Re: Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano [Re: Piscadero] #1564038
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Excellent condition means excellent INSIDE. With rusty tuning pins, it might actually be poor condition. You'll have to find out.

Condition of the outside of a piano is relatively unimportant.


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Re: Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano [Re: david_a] #1564040
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Thank you for your response. I really appreciate the advice you have given me. It will help me with my decision.

Re: Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano [Re: Piscadero] #1564121
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That Yamaha M1A was manufactured in the Hamamatsu,Japan factory. That is a good deal at $900. That was Yamaha's quality piano at 42" in the continental console case.

Those tuning pins on that piano were not originally nickel plated or even blue so....when you say rusty...who knows exactly to what extent you are impling as for being rusted.

As Jerry made mention, Hire a tech for that peace of mind.
It is well worth it in that you are getting the piano at way below market value.
It is a concern when you say rusty pins in that it goes without saying that other parts are affected as well from that high moisture as in strings,hammers,action felts etc.

A pic would tell the tale for me. Good luck!


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Re: Yamaha Mia P-E upright console piano [Re: pianobroker] #1564446
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Originally Posted by pianobroker
That Yamaha M1A was manufactured in the Hamamatsu,Japan factory. That is a good deal at $900. That was Yamaha's quality piano at 42" in the continental console case.

Those tuning pins on that piano were not originally nickel plated or even blue so....when you say rusty...who knows exactly to what extent you are impling as for being rusted.

As Jerry made mention, Hire a tech for that peace of mind.
It is well worth it in that you are getting the piano at way below market value.
It is a concern when you say rusty pins in that it goes without saying that other parts are affected as well from that high moisture as in strings,hammers,action felts etc.

A pic would tell the tale for me. Good luck!


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The M1A was a very well made piano.


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