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#1814516 12/29/11 03:44 PM
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Hi,
1)how much is the current value of a 1992 Kawai cx-21d 47" acoustic piano, black ebony finish. It has been with the original owner from the beginning and it is being sold now. It seems to be in good repair.
2)Also, what is the value of a 1972 Baldwin Hamilton 45" piano in light beechwood color and scratches and coffee marks on the wood cover. It was used in a a church and then the seller got it. It has one string broken and one hammer slightly insomniac and a tech told me that it would cost me around 110 to fix that. Otherwise, the piano plays beautifully. Don't like the color which I hope can be painted or varnished...is there a special kind of paint/varnish for pianos? Is it even worth buying this 40 yr old one.

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I know there are a lot of knowledgeable folks out there. It would be great if some one could answer some of my questions here as I am new to buying an acoustic piano.

Four years back when my boys started taking piano lessons, I bought a $500 good looking Behringer concert cdp1000 digital piano in a hurry as I didn't have much time to do research and to be frank....didn't even think about buying used or spending a lot on acoustic pianos. Recently, my son's teacher has been recommending on us getting him an acoustic so that he can really get the best out of the music lessons.

For the past 2 weeks, we have been seeing so many pianos and these 2 pianos really stood out as far as the quality of sound is concerned - Hamilton & Kawai. Hence, my questions. Also, we want to keep the resale value in mind since we might sell them once the boys move to college (another 6yrs for that:-).

Hoping to hear some advice. Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum, Pssp1012.

Hamiltons and Kawais both get good press here.

The Hamilton you're looking at is almost 40 years old. Normally, that's not an issue since they're rock solid pianos. This particular piano, however, concerns me.

Church pianos get played by lots of people, abused by kids, suffer temperature swings when heat/ac is on/off and often aren't well cares for. This one has the string and hammer problem and a bad finish. You won't know what else is wrong until your tech checks it out. Refinishing a piano is a bigger deal if you want it to look factory. I haven't seen the piano, but my initial inclination is to be very careful.

The Kawai is bigger (48"), so it has the potential to sound better, at least in the bass. It's only 20 years old and is one owner. You didn't say, but I'm assuming the finish is good.

Before I considered buying the Hamilton, I would have my tech check it out, see if there are other problems, and get an estimate for all the repairs. The finish is another problem. Hamiltons can bring good prices, but I don't think I would pay a lot for this one.

The Kawai appeals to me more. One owner and 20 years newer. If that's where you're going, get your tech to inspect it before you make an offer.

Good luck and keep us informed.

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Hi Charles,

Thanks for your reply. I see what you are saying. The Kawai no doubt looked very good. The Hamilton looked better than many of the higher priced (but in bad repair) pianos that I had been seeing recently and was very pleasantly surprised. I didn't even know that the string had broken until I popped open the top cover and checked out the rest of the piano. Surprisingly, all the keys played well and my son, who is the pianist, said it was good. The quality of sound was amazing! Right now, I am so tempted to get both and give the Kawai to my son and the Hamilton to my dad who loves to play/dabble with piano. But I just want to have a piece of mind that I will not run into problems with the Hamilton.

My digital piano is a totally different story. Though it is lovely, I will not have place for it and will have to figure a way to sell it for a decent price. Any suggestions?

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I just googled "Kawai cx-21d for sale." $1100 for the Kawai looks like a great deal. $250 for the Hamilton could also be a good deal. If you're leaning that direction, get a tech to check it out and give you a price to take care of any problems. Same for the Kawai. $1350 for both could be the steal of the month.

Let us know.

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The Hamilton has a very tempting price, but if it were me I'd figure into the budget a few hundred for repairs, tuning, and regulation. I wouldn't leave it the way it is because the piano probably has much better potential. You could give the digital to your dad instead and let someone else get the Hamilton, too wink

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Hi gnUboi,

I know...that was my first thought ... Give the Kawai to my son & the digital to my dad but dad came with me to check out all these pianos and he fell in love with the sound of Hamilton! The digital is no comparison at all....that's why I wanted to get it for him.
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