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Pianos you wish you had bought
#2184751 11/18/13 06:41 PM
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Have there been any pianos in your shopping experience that you, in retrospect, wish you had purchased?

In my case I started out with an original budget of 10K but eventually purchased an mahogany Mason A in their Monticello design(fancy legs, lyre, music desk) for a lot more around 12 years ago. Then about six years later I traded up to an ebony Mason BB.

But even before I bought the Mason A I loved both the sound and appearance of a mahogany Mason BB Monticello that I never even really considered because of its price. Of course, by the time I had bought the ebony Mason BB it cost about the same that the Monticello BB would have cost if I bought it when I first saw and played it!

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a few months back i played & loved a frankenstein's monster of a mason & hamlin aa in the shop of a reputable restorer; but the sales force-of-nature turned on the hard-sell, so i freaked out & passed. i sort of wish she hadn't done that. i loved the instrument, but the hard-sell caught me quite off-guard and tripped all of my 'if something feels wrong, it is'-alarms. i needed a little time -- not much, but it sold before i figured it out (oh yeah, and: no serial no.). regrets are minimal but not zero. it would've been nice to have an extra 8" of piano. but that instrument put me onto the path of buying m&h, so i'm glad to have had the experience.

in the end i bought a 1926 'a' (unrefinished) with plenty of crown in the soundboard & nice provenance, for less than half the price. so what the heck. i've got 8" more living room and the $ flexibility to have some work done onthe action. i truly love the beast, with which i have formed a weird, interesting bond. it compels me through its sheer gravitational force to practice 2 hours a day. i love having a piano worth trying to live up to. very, very lucky.


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I saw a Pfeiffer 118 just after I bought my Schimmel 116 for about the same price at the same dealer. The Pfeiffer seems to be a magnificent instrument. Made me doubt, I can still trade it in if I want to, but I like my piano to much wink

Also, the Bosendorfer 130 CL played for me was stunning, as was it's pricetag wink

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My last year of undergrad, a piano store was going out of business and had for sale a rebuilt/refinished Baldwin SD6 for the grand total of $4500. This was 1979 after all. I did all I could to try and convince my Mom and Dad to sell off the smaller Baldwin and buy this one. I had already auditioned the instrument and it was marvelous. There was no budging my Mom though who remarked "that would look ridiculous in my living room". It was gone in a week! There was also a Lamborghini that got away a few years later.I guess I was on a roll. And so it goes!

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When I was in the market, I looked at two Grotrian sizes, 192 and 225. I ruled out the 225 because it was about 7K higher than the 192. Don't get me wrong, the 192 was (and is) a great little piano. But the 225 was a real sweet spot for size. Mega bass if you wanted it. Sweet whisper pp if you needed that. All the range a 7'5" grand can deliver. But I thought it was just too much out of my budget and perhaps too big for my space. The latter argument many have been truer, but we'll never know. I still have some regrets about going small.

I also looked at a 6'10" Bluthner that was around the same price as the Grotrian 225. Another tempting piano, but I ruled it out on price.


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