I would love some feedback on a Baldwin SF-10. Currently I keep my Young Chang YP208 at the church I attend and let them use it as their stage instrument. I purchased the piano new from a dealer with a trade in program. This dealer currently has a 1997 Baldwin SF-10. My YC was built in 2007. So I would be trading a newer piano in on an older one, but I am thinking longterm, build quality, and finding something that comes closer to the American sound that I love. Thoughts? Would this be a bad decision? I am not unhappy with the YC, it serves it's purpose well and sounds great. I am just thinking about quality, sound potential, and holding up to church use.
Thanks so much everyone!
We recently purchased a 17 year old Baldwin SF-10 for our church for $10K. Found it on Craigslist. The piano started its life in a university setting and was played heavily for about one year. It was then taken back by the dealer. An expensive player system was installed, and the piano was purchased by a family with three kids in 1997. Bottom line - it hadn't had an "easy" life. When I first tried out the piano at the seller's home in August I was "put off" by the player system and how the piano might have been compromised by it. We certainly had no use for the player system in our church, and visually, the wires and boxes hanging down under the piano weren't very appealing. Once I had my own tech check the piano out, we decided to take a chance with it. We paid a local piano re-builder to remove the player system, which involved significant carpentry work and rebuilding of the trapwork. We also had him buff out most of the scratches on the piano's case. Once we moved the piano to our church, my tech gave the instrument a complete regulation (including reshaping the hammers, leveling the strings, etc.). We bought an artist bench, a piano spider dolly, and padded cover - and now, after a month - we couldn't be happier with the purchase. Most importantly, the piano has a responsive Renner action, warm singing tone, and a rich, full sound. It should serve our needs for a long time.
That said, the YC is good piano - and I was seriously considering purchasing one for the church if the deal on the Baldwin fell through. I was concerned, however, about the ability of the YC to hold up over time in the church setting. Then, as you say, there's the sound of the Baldwin, etc.
It probably all depends on the condition of the Baldwin. Be sure to have it evaluated by a tech that you trust before making your final decision. Good luck !!!