Hi Don, and welcome to Piano World!
I almost bought a D.H. Baldwin G172 (5â€™8â€) back when I was shopping around for a first baby grand. In my research, like you, I found out that the piano was not a â€œrealâ€ Baldwin, and was indeed made by Samick in Korea and sold by Baldwin dealers as a lower price-point, entry level grand.
I my case, I was going to pay the seller's asking price, without negotiations, ($3000) and paid him a down payment/earnest money until I could have the piano moved, at which time I was to pay the balance in cash. This was on a Saturday evening. After I thought I had secured the purchase of the piano, and scheduled a mover to move the piano that following Tuesday, the seller called me that Sunday evening and said his soon to be X-wife had decided not to sell the piano. A few days later, the same piano was back on Craigslist for $4500 (originally advertised for $3000) with the same phone number.
I was very disappointed initially, not because I missed out on the piano, but the way the seller handled the situation. All he had to do was be honest with me and tell me straight up he wanted more money for the piano than he had advertised it forâ€¦ but that is another story.
However, fate was on my side (some call that being blessed
). I ended up with a better piano for not much more money and enjoyed the heck out of it until I upgraded again.
All that said, the asking prices you mentioned are way high in my view. I still think that is a $3000 piano, only if it is in excellent condition.
My advice to you is worth about what it cost.