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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753657
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My latest car cost twice as much as my piano. Does that mean I am due for a new piano? I love this thread.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753674
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Well, currently both of my pianos are worth more than either of my cars. The pianos were a bit less when bought new.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753679
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Years ago I wrote an article for our local PTG Chapter’s news letter comparing the costs of Piano ownership vs. The costs of other entertainment. I focused on ownership of Phillies baseball season tickets over a twenty year period with parking, food and associated spendinding. Needless to say, when the average prime of a Piano is forty years, music making is relatively inexpensive.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753683
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You will probably end up buying more cars then pianos in your lifetime.




Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753691
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I have a 2006 Ford estate car with 130,000 miles on it and a 1985 S&S 'D' in need of a new set of hammers. The car is worth around 8% of its original cost and the piano around 35%. My new eco-house (which has a music room 28' x 19' x 15' high to vaulted apex) cost around 10 times as much as the piano is currently worth to build from the foundations up.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753710
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I was never a very good driver. When I left UK I drove a bit in various countries, but now I am here, in Bulgaria, I don't bother with a car. So I can't do the arithmetic!


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753718
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I don't own a car either, but do have some long term plans to update my housing to better accomodate my love for different kinds of pianos...

Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753724
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My first car (30 years ago) was US$600, a used Ford Pinto ... yes the exploding kind. I find it amusing that every piano I've ever owned has been more expensive, but how could it not?! Funnily enough, the my last keyboard purchase was the travel-friendly Roland Go Piano, so I'm finally playing something that costs less than my first car.

I now drive a BMW X7 which I purchased almost new. It's kinda frightening to think of a piano that costs the same; that would be a whole lot of piano!


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753764
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By the time the Weber is restored I will have about $20k in it. My daily driver is a Cadillac ELR ($80k sticker - paid $55k, a plug in hybrid and I love it) and my hobby car is a 1947 Cadillac club coupe worth around $50k (another long restoration project prior to the Weber).


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753774
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I got my barely used Estonia 168 for $6000, and all the cars in the household have cost much, much more. But the Estonia has outlived 4 of them so far, and I am sure it will survive the two present ones as well. The moral of the story is: Buy a piano and take the bus!


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753784
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In my neck-of-the-woods, (think rural) there are no buses, subways, or even taxi-cabs. Well, there are taxi-cabs in the nearest, largest town, but on a regular basis, it (taxi) would be expensive transportation. Therefore, a family vehicle is necessary, especially if one has to commute to a job or the supermarket, or other...

My primary vehicle is a 2004 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with 120,000 miles on it. Even so, it is still most likely worth more than what I paid for either of my pianos. At some point, I will need a new/newer vehicle. The newer ones, similar to the one I have, are around $40K without all the options.

And, since I do have some piano-tech skills and can tune and service my own pianos to an extent, I would have to say that I would pay more for the vehicle, as I need reliable transportation.

For those who would pay more for their piano, I have no problem with that and wish you the best. Life is short, and we need to enjoy the things we love as much as possible for the amount of time we have here on earth.

Just my .02.

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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: Rickster] #2753801
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I have a 2003 Lincoln Town Car and a 2008 Smart Car. Both cost considerably less than my 17-year-old piano, which I got secondhand about 6 years ago. Both cars were a year old when I bought them, so my investments have never been full retail. When buying a new house (which I've done four times since acquiring a grand) I've always made sure I'd have room for my piano.

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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753805
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Heck yes! I really have no interest in cars at all. My car has to carry a D action. That is it. Otherwise I don't care. But I just can't resist a good piano.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753834
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Yup my piano is worth more than my car. I don't have the most expensive of either.

Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: S. Phillips] #2753866
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Originally Posted by S. Phillips
My car has to carry a D action. .


So is it an SUV or van? Fold down back seats would be inconvenient and risky for that on a lot of ordinary cars.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2753872
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Originally Posted by JohnSprung
So is it an SUV or van? Fold down back seats would be inconvenient and risky for that on a lot of ordinary cars.

Sally has a very nice, later model Ford Explorer. In fact, every thing she has is nice. Home, vehicle, Steinway pianos, piano store, horses... and, she's a darn good concert piano tech! smile

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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2754724
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I got my grand piano and my car about the same time. I have a Honda Accord in order to upgrade my upright to a baby grand. I fell in love with the Estonia grand now, I hope to keep my accord for more than 12 years, and save up for a 6ft Estonia in future. For me a car is more for transportation to point A and point B.

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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: Miguel Rey] #2754726
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That is so true, a nice piano is for a lifetime, but a reliable car is normally for 10-15 years.


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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2754844
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I mean it's a matter of cost of ownership right? As a percentage of its purchase price, the cost of owning a car is much much higher, so naturally you would spend less on it.

That said, I'm very happy with the Phoenix C212 (~38k paid) and my Steinway isn't too bad considering I'm only 9k deep. Also contemplating adding (or replacing the Steinway with) a Yamaha N1 and some nice speakers, which would run ~8-9k. Someday I might splurge on some exotic carbon fiber bodied piano going into the 6 figures just for the coolness factor, but otherwise it's pretty easy to spend more on a car than any of those pianos.

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Re: Who plays a more expensive/valuable piano than the car? [Re: swampwiz] #2754923
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I bought a very cheap car. It cost even less than my bed. I spend a few minutes a day in my car, but I spend hours in my bed. I definitely made the right decision.


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