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Hello

This is my first post on the forum. I'm looking to purchase my first Steinway B after studying at Curtis. I went to Jacobs in Philly and most of the pianos there are 70k+. I happened to be cruising on eBay and found one for $52,000 from 2010. Can you help me out? It sounds too good to be true?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Steinway-B-2010-11-Final-Price-Going-FAST-Selected-by-Susan-Starr-/172115331995?hash=item2812df8b9b:g:f3kAAOSwQYZWz4Ze

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You might want to check out www.pianomart.com also.

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I'll make sure to check out www.pianomart.com Thanks for your suggestion.

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It appears to be on there too. Also looks like the best priced :-/

http://www.pianomart.com/buy-a-piano/piano-ads.php?keyword=steinway+b&submit=

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Are you buying it or selling it? wink

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I wish I was selling it. I'm taking the train tonight to go play it. I'm a Curtis Student scheduled to graduate this year and studying with Fleisher. I have a Steinway in my Phila apartment because of Curtis that I've played on for the last 4 years. Also studied composition with Sheridan Seyfried.

Wish me luck!

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I would consider putting down a deposit and making subject to a successful independent tech inspection, if you end up liking it. The only reason I mention that is the piano will have no warranty. Even at a good price, that's a $52,000 risk...


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Good luck! Another member here bought a relatively new B a year or two ago, and, if I recall correctly, his budget was in the 50k neighborhood too. Maybe he'll chime in, but good luck with your trip, and I hope the piano meets your expectations.


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
I would consider putting down a deposit and making subject to a successful independent tech inspection, if you end up liking it. The only reason I mention that is the piano will have no warranty. Even at a good price, that's a $52,000 r
Good advice.

I think new ebony Bs cost very close to 100K so this could be a terrific buy. Since pianos depreciate the most in the first few years you may have an opportunity to buy at the sweet spot for used piano buyers. Or the price could be low for any number of other reasons.

OTOH if you don't like the piano too much and your hired tech doesn't think the piano can be adjusted more to your liking, it can be a mistake to buy a piano mostly because it's selling at an excellent price. So get a very qualified tech who will know what the possibilities for making the tone or touch more to your liking if necessary.

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Anybody looking for a "B" with a budget around 50K should plan a trip to Texas.... might not find "the one" but for sure there are plenty to play.

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Be sure to have the technician test the piano to see if the V-bar, (capo bar), has been hardened. Some Steinways have this design feature hardened and it is a disaster for string life and tone, it is very expensive to modify the piano to remedy this and very, very, few technicians would even be capable of fixing it.


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All it's an AMAZING piano. I just got back after playing it. I have some follow up work to do but it's looking like a purchase. Thanks so much for all the help!

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You should know enough about pianos to tell if there are any major issues. As a Curtis student you also have access to good piano techs. Talk to them about the piano. As a Curtis student, I think it's fair to say you're very qualified to judge for yourself. Asking if this is a good price makes sence because you may not know what B's go for. This is a very good price. If you think it's amazing as you said and the sound board and ribs look good, hammers are OK, action in good shape, I say pull the trigger. Did they let you pull the action out? We would love to see a video of you playing this piano on the forum. If you love the piano, very little else matters for a piano only 6 years old.


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Originally Posted by CurtisStudent45
All it's an AMAZING piano. I just got back after playing it. I have some follow up work to do but it's looking like a purchase. Thanks so much for all the help!


Did they tell you WHY they are selling the piano??? smile


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The action looked good. The ONLY thing that I thought may be wrong with the piano... Not even wrong, but the owner played the piano often and the hammers may need a touch up. That's the ONLY thing I found that I thought needed work. The action was beautiful, soundboard beautiful, tone was AMAZING. The bass sounded like a D at Curtis.

I know I need to pull the trigger quickly so tomorrow I plan to do some last min stuff.

Thank you for your help on the price.

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I took the Paoli-Thorndale line to the Villanova train stop and was met by a 750Li BMW. Their house is not visible from the gate. I drove up this crazy long driveway and the piano was all the way in the back in what they called the "Red Room."

But what the woman said was that her son had played and studied and quit. She has an A that is down in NJ at their shore house. The son is now moving out and they are going to sell the piano he studied on and move the A back up.

So all in all I felt very good about the trip.


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The action looked good. The ONLY thing that I thought may be wrong with the piano... Not even wrong, but the owner played the piano often and the hammers may need a touch up. That's the ONLY thing I found that I thought needed work. The action was beautiful, soundboard beautiful, tone was AMAZING. The bass sounded like a D at Curtis.

I know I need to pull the trigger quickly so tomorrow I plan to do some last min stuff.

Thank you for your help on the price.


If you're talking about the D in Field concert hall, I know it well. Or at least I know them well. I know that stage goes down into the basement were there are probably other pianos. I have been going to the student recitals for almost 20 years and for years on a weekly basis. If this B sounds like that D and, most importantly, you love it, then that's really all that matters. If the hammers need filing, that's not a big deal. If it sounds OK to you, then leave the hammers alone. Some people will tell you NY Steinways use inferior Mapes bass strings, or their hammers aren't as good as German Steinways, yada yada yada. You are the one who is the expert. The piano is only 6 years old. Asking why they are selling it is a good idea. Make sure it didn't fall out of a window or get caught in a flood. Otherwise you have yourself a piano. Congratulations.


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Originally Posted by CurtisStudent45
I wish I was selling it. I'm taking the train tonight to go play it. I'm a Curtis Student scheduled to graduate this year and studying with Fleisher. I have a Steinway in my Phila apartment because of Curtis that I've played on for the last 4 years. Also studied composition with Sheridan Seyfried.

Wish me luck!


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CurtisStudent45,

Have Jon or Rodney (the 2 Curtis techs.) look at the piano for you. If they are busy we also have that same service available.

It looks like you may have found a piano. Feel free to reach out to me if we can help. We move, tune, etc.

Good Luck!


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