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1971 Yamaha C3 grand #2855581
06/04/19 09:38 PM
06/04/19 09:38 PM
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Rakvsv4301 Offline OP
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I am strongly considering purchasing a 1971 Yamaha C3. I play piano (mostly classical music) and want to teach my kids as well. The purchase price is from a private seller for 8k. It’s in good condition, tuned regularly and owned by musicians for the past 40 years. Had it checked out by a technician who thought it needed some lubricant for the action, a good cleaning on the inside (lots of dust), and filing the hammers. He said this could cost from $600-1500.

Do you think this is worth it? The piano is original with no work done on it. Thanks for your advice!

Re: 1971 Yamaha C3 grand [Re: Rakvsv4301] #2855582
06/04/19 09:51 PM
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You will get more answers to this in the regular piano forum - the FAQ is the wrong section for this question.

Unfortunately, you don't indicate where in the world you live (country/province/state), so it's difficult to discern what's a good price for your situation. If that were in the US, a private sale of a well-used 48 year old grand that needs $1,000 (or more) in work would be a poor value at $8k. You could probably get a gray market version of that piano that's already cleaned up, regulated, with hammers already reshaped for about that price (not that I'm recommending that course of action, just giving you a comparison).

If this is really your best option, I'd try offering a lot less than that, in case the piano needs other work (or you won't feel as badly if the piano doesn't hold up for the long haul, given its age now).

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