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Grand under $5000 #15978
09/23/07 12:55 PM
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Is it possible to get a decent grand piano under 5000? How about buying some unknown company but adding quality parts in or something? Or is it possible to have a "brand" name for a relatively low price?

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Re: Grand under $5000 #15979
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A new Nordiska G can be had for $7k to $8k. It's 5'5" and very decent. Lesser small Dongbei stencil grands (Hardman, Everett, et al.) might be had for $5k to $7k, particularly if they have been sitting unsold for a couple of years or more.

Buying an unknown brand and swapping out parts would be expensive and the result might not be improved sound and touch, possibly the opposite.

A better alternative might be to spend $500 to $1000 on a good tech to bring out the best in the components that are already there.

This is just one person's opinion.


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Re: Grand under $5000 #15980
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Used, yes. New? Not that I am aware of. Not what I would consider decent.


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Re: Grand under $5000 #15981
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Nordiska is decent. You may also like Samick. I came close to buying one. But I settled on a used Yamaha.

In my opinion, go used. You'll get more bang for your buck, at the cost of only light wear and tear. A used Yamaha G-series might be right up your alley.


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Re: Grand under $5000 #15982
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If you shop used and really search exhaustively, then yes, it's possible. Tech inspection would be advisable as there are probably a lot of lemons out there in this price range also.


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Re: Grand under $5000 #15983
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You might want to try working craigslist.com. Focus on relocating/downsizing.

A pre-purchase inspection by an experienced tech who has no affiliation with the seller is the best used piano money that you can spend. Sellers often don't know the actual condition of what they're selling. "Great condition" can mean "nice and shiny." Your tech can settle the issue.

Here in the Bay Area, $5k can definitely get you a grand that's playable.

Re: Grand under $5000 #15984
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How about a good quality baby grand? I'm assuming I'll need one if I'm gonna be doing conservatory studying and want to practice at my house. What are some more choices?

Re: Grand under $5000 #15985
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If you check craigslist.com, Chicago, you might be able to find a larger grand for not much more than a baby. I think that's because there's more demand for the smaller ones. If you're going to be studying at a conservatory, the richer bass of a larger piano will probably be welcome.

Techs sometimes know about clients' pianos which are for sale. You could call around and see what might be available.


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