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Pricing on Hailun HU-5p or kawaii k300 #2816859 02/18/19 07:40 AM
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Hello,

I’m looking to buy my first piano. My budget is 5.5k to 6k.

In your experience is this enough to get Kawaii K300 or Hailun Hu-5p. The cities closest to me are Charlotte and Atlanta.

From my initial research, the dealers are quoting $7500 for K300 and $7000 for the HU-5p.

Are these fair prices ?

Re: Pricing on Hailun HU-5p or kawaii k300 [Re: Idotdot] #2817069 02/18/19 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Idotdot
Hello,

I’m looking to buy my first piano. My budget is 5.5k to 6k.

In your experience is this enough to get Kawaii K300 or Hailun Hu-5p. The cities closest to me are Charlotte and Atlanta.

From my initial research, the dealers are quoting $7500 for K300 and $7000 for the HU-5p.

Are these fair prices ?

The prices are within the realm of fair for both - but you "might" be able to negotiate one or the other down a tad. If you purchase from a dealer you will also have sales tax - and from either a dealer or private seller the additional cost of moving the piano. With your budget limitations you might want to consider buying a "slightly used" newer Kawai from a private seller.

These links may help you.....

https://www.pianobuyer.com/Articles/Detail/ArticleID/141
https://www.pianobuyer.com/Resources/Piano-Brands-Profiles/Detail/ArticleId/74/Brand/HAILUN
https://www.pianobuyer.com/Resources/Piano-Brands-Profiles/Detail/ArticleId/83/Brand/KAWAI


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Re: Pricing on Hailun HU-5p or kawaii k300 [Re: Idotdot] #2817097 02/18/19 07:05 PM
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Hi There,

Welcome to the forum. You'll get better answers if this were posted outside the FAQ part of the forum, which is the wrong spot for this post.
In your area, no, I don't think you'll quite be able to swing either of those pianos, new with a warranty, for $5.5k to 6k. The Hailun is the lower priced piano in the first place, so you'd get closer with it.

Also, keep in mind the dealer experience/prep can vary a lot. From bad to good, some stores I've seen in this part of the country: didn't remove all the packing materials from the piano and obviously hadn't serviced it since uncrating, leave the pianos completely open to the elements or in windows that get direct sunlight, tune the pianos only when they have an interested customer, tune the pianos occasionally and fix only what's glaringly wrong, tune their floor inventory regularly and make minor adjustments when needed or requested. (I'm talking about how moderately priced vertical pianos tend to be treated)

In all those scenarios except the last one or two, you'll end up paying more in the long run, as the piano will need more servicing before it stabilizes. Even when considering a recently made used piano, it's important to get the service history (figure out who was the regular servicing technician, and call them to ask about the piano), because some folks unload relatively new pianos because they fall into disuse, which often means "never serviced". I tuned a 10-15 year old Yamaha U1 in a store. It looked relatively unused, but it was 50 cents flat, obviously not tuned in a decade...the store wasn't particularly pleased when I billed them for 3 tunings to get it back to pitch, but it sold quickly after that.


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Re: Pricing on Hailun HU-5p or kawaii k300 [Re: Carey] #2817158 02/19/19 12:09 AM
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Thank you so much.

Re: Pricing on Hailun HU-5p or kawaii k300 [Re: Idotdot] #2832092 03/27/19 04:20 PM
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Those sound like reasonable prices - I'm sure there is some wiggle room. Around 2010, I recall seeing K300's with a sticker price near 6000 to 6500.


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