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used Yamaha P22 - need your opinion #1718000
07/21/11 12:01 PM
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i found a 2008 Yamaha P22 piano, the seller is the first owner and she is asking for $2,100.00. is this a good piano compared with Yamaha U1 and Kawai K3? Going to purchase the piano for my 4 years old daughter. should i pay for more money and get a new Yamaha U1?

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Re: used Yamaha P22 - need your opinion [Re: happytime] #1718024
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I play on a P22 at a local Jazz Workshop here in Nashville, and it's a nice playing nice sounding (they keep theirs in great shape) little piano. I'd say $2100 if in good shape is a good value.


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Re: used Yamaha P22 - need your opinion [Re: happytime] #1718109
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On the surface, it sounds like a good deal. However, I don't really think the P22 sounds or plays as well as the taller, more expensive, Japanese-made U1 or K3.

For a 4-year old beginner, it probably will be just fine. Why would someone be selling a 3-year old piano?


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Re: used Yamaha P22 - need your opinion [Re: happytime] #1718123
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A 2008 P22 for $2100 is a good deal as a new one costs around $5200-5800 (or even more depending on where you are). If the piano is in great condition, it is indeed a great deal. I've been playing for 18 years and the P22 (which I have at home) serves my needs quite well. A U1 might be slightly better of course but my point here is for someone at 4 years of playing, the P22 is more than sufficient a piano for practice needs. Mine is a 1988 P22 that I picked up at a Church and it has held up amazingly and I'm quite happy with it. I know I'd be happier with a newer P22, which is what you seem to be getting. So I wouldn't hesitate if a tech inspection proves to me that this P22 is indeed in great condition.


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Thank you very much! [Re: happytime] #1718145
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Re: Thank you very much! [Re: happytime] #1718232
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Like others have stated, assuming it is in good condition, I think it is a good deal. I own a 2008 P22 that I will be trading in for a grand. My piano is in excellent shape with regular tunings/checkups. If I were to sell it instead of trading it in, I would be asking for at least $2500.

According to the depreciation schedule in the Piano Book, if a new P22 costs about $4000 (what I paid for mine new in 2008), a 3-year old piano would have depreciated about 20% (average condition) making it worth $3200. I think the depreciation schedule is a bit optimistic for non-elite uprights--especially in these economic times.

I would check to see if it is part of Yamaha's P22 redesign which started in 2008. I purchased mine in April of 2008, and it is the new design. After comparing both the older design with the newer one in the showroom, I thought the newer design sounded noticeably better (fuller bass with a less bright tone). While the P22 might not be a U1, it is a well built instrument.


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With that much of a discount, a check of the serial number is worth doing to get the real age.


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