I am sick of my left appendage improving and then relapsing. The doctors don't know whether my arm, elbow and wrists will improve permanently. Thus I am reluctant to spend $40,000 upwards on a grand piano that I may not be able to use.
An alternative approach would be to "bite the bullet" and buy a modest piano - a good-quality upright. It will fit much more easily into my home, and I can resume playing again. If my arm continues to give me problems, I haven't blown a small fortune on a piano, and I can sell it easily. If my arm does improve, I can always trade it in for a nicer one.
Using that approach, I have been scouting around for a used Charles Walter upright. I have found two promising choices so far.
Both are in near-mint condition and have been well-maintained. Both are being sold by well-regarded dealers who will clean, tune, voice and regulate (if needed) to my satisfaction, and provide one free in-home tuning. Both have Renner actions. Both come with benches. There the similarities end.
Piano #1 is a 43.5" Queen Anne console, in a semi-gloss cherry finish. It is 6 years old, with 6 years left on the manufacturer's warranty.
Piano #2 is a 45" studio model in a semi-gloss ebony finish. It is 3 years old, with 9 years left on the manufacturer's warranty. A Dampp-Chaser is installed.
My question is - what would be a fair price for each of these instruments?
Last edited by Almaviva; 06/21/14 12:32 AM.