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1994 Baldwin R226 -negotiating
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Hi there, some of you may have read my recent post looking at Kawai pianos. I’ve continued the search in something a little larger, since I grew up playing a 6’ Baldwin R from the 70’s and have the space.

Long story short, I’m speaking with someone in another state who is a professional pianist looking to sell their ‘94 R. They have sent videos and it sounds great, but I would need to have a tech inspect before moving further. They’re asking 9k and open to offers. 10K is my budget, but I thought of saying I would pay 9k less the inspection fee if they pay moving costs. Is that fair? Does anyone have an idea of what people are paying for these models currently?

Appreciate any help! For background I’m a hobbyist and have children who will be taking lessons in a year.

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Right off the top of my head I would check for Baldwin’s for sale in Piano Mart online. See what the asking prices are. Then check out Living Pianos. They typically carry a selection of used Baldwin’s.


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I recently purchased 1995 Baldwin R with standard case in satin ebony. Your price for 1994 R 226 would be in the ballpark of what’s fair assuming it’s it excellent condition. I’d offer less taking in account your costs of tech evaluation, no dealer warranty/tunings and possible moving costs.

Recent examples of R’s in my market of South TX at dealers:

1995 (one I purchased) in pristine condition for $10.4k
1993 R ebony finish in rough condition for $7k
1993 R 226, (had concertmaster player removed) in overall very good condition for $10.6k


Love the R I purchased. But I’d play any piano, if at all possible, before buying. Not all the older Baldwin’s from that era I played were good. But those in good condition, well regulated and voiced are definitely great pianos. I enjoy mine very much!


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I own a Baldwin R226 from 1999. I really like it and enjoy playing it. I like the traditional Baldwin grand cabinets, but the 226 is really stylish with the Queen-Ann style legs and fancy music desk.

I was told by a former Baldwin employee member here that it retailed back then for around $30K. If the price is negotiable, you could do some research and see what the average selling price is for similar pianos and go from there.

Don't be afraid to make a lower offer. Worse they can say is no; well, they can get mad and say worse and then tell you they wouldn't sell you the piano at any price because you made such a ridiculously low offer. But they probably wouldn't say that, hopefully? smile

The inspection before making an offer or buying it is a good idea.

Good luck!

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They have sent videos and it sounds great, but I would need to have a tech inspect before moving further. They’re asking 9k and open to offers. 10K is my budget, but I thought of saying I would pay 9k less the inspection fee if they pay moving costs. Is that fair?


Nash, I think your strategy is a poor one, unless your goal is to annoy the seller. First of all, the inspection fee is trivial with respect to a piano of this value: $100 to $200 is the cost of an inspection, not more. You should simply pay this and take the small risk. Otherwise you appear more cheap than honorable. Secondly, the moving costs for this grand from one US state to another might be significant, and my advice is to explore what these would be right now. Could be several hundred dollars or more. I can't guess.

Most sellers - unless they are piano dealers, accustomed to moving pianos - have no idea about piano moving, and have no interest in getting involved in it. They just want their piano gone from their home, usually after years of indecision. So for you to put the moving issue back in the seller's court will not endear you to him or her.

However, in a quiet way you can likely accomplish a similar goal. Once you know the cost of this move, and once you have paid $100-$200 up front for a technical inspection that proves favorable, simply make an offer of, say, $7000 to $8000 for the piano.


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